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Heading back to harm: A study on trafficked and unaccompanied children going missing from care in the UK: Summary

 Child victims of trafficking are at high risk of going missing. Despite this, concerns have been raised about a lack of awareness and recognition of child trafficking among practitioners. The European police agency, Europol, recently warned that there are as many as 10,000 ‘missing’ or unaccounted for unaccompanied children in the European Union, which has drawn attention to those under 18 who are known to be ‘particularly vulnerable’ to trafficking and exploitation. The vulnerability of unaccompanied children from abroad who are in the UK is often increased by a lack of knowledge or integration into their new environment, and by being subject to child protection, This research attempts to quantify the number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and children who may be trafficked in the UK care system, as well as the number who go missing from care.