The Anti Trafficking Monitoring Group's (ATMG) report: Before the harm is done, is a valuable read for everyone work in safeguarding. The report examines the UK’s response to the prevention of trafficking, stressing that despite pockets of good practice the UK continues to lack an overall strategy to prevent trafficking, leading to a fragmented approach to prevention and responses seen through the prism of immigration and crime, hindering preventative action.
Overall, the report concludes that:
The UK continues to lack an overall strategy to prevent trafficking in adults and children
This leads to an inconsistent and fragmented approach to the prevention of trafficking
The UK’s lack of a strategic response means that prevention is often seen through the prism and policies of immigration and crime, hindering effective preventative action
The result of this approach and the wider policies of austerity, a hostile immigration environment and the threats posed by Brexit, is that the vulnerability of adults and children to exploitation is not reduced and the UK risks contravening its positive obligation to prevent trafficking.