Title

Child Trafficking and Child Welfare

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-3-2017

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to gain an increased understanding of the role of child welfare in relation to the child-trafficking population. Fifteen service providers, from multidisciplinary backgrounds, working in the community with victims of child trafficking were interviewed through individual, semi-structured interviews. Exploratory in nature, this study employed a phenomenological methodology. The coding and analysis of data was conducted through Atlas.ti. The findings in this study suggest that there are barriers between service providers and the child welfare system that are experienced in a lack of identification of victims and in the areas of collaboration and funding of services. Recommendations for practice, policy, and research include transparency, education between system and community, shared input in case decision making, and future exploration of the experiences of caseworkers.

DOI

10.1080/23322705.2016.1175046

Publication Title

Journal of Human Trafficking

Volume Number

3

Issue Number

2

First Page

125

Last Page

135

ISSN

23322705

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