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Extending Guardianship to all Separated Children

The Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) and Law Centre (NI) warmly welcome Clause 12 of the Human Trafficking & Exploitation (Further Provisions and Support for Victims) Bill, which provides a Legal Guardian for all trafficked children in Northern Ireland. We call for an amendment that would extend the clause to all separated children irrespective of whether trafficking or exploitation has been suspected or identified. This paper provides the rationale for our amendment and is illustrated by three recent Northern Ireland case studies.