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Safeguarding new arrivals

Additional things to consider - have professional curiosity about the following:

Private foster arrangements 

If you think the child is being fostered through a private arrangement and is not part of a Government sponsor scheme such as Homes for Ukraine.  If the child (under 16 or 18 if disabled) is living with someone who is not a close family member for more than 28 days in a private arrangement that has nothing to do with the Local Authority, they may be privately fostered and this arrangement needs reporting to the SPA as the child may be vulnerable.  See further advice here.


Women and children are vulnerable to trafficking. Does the family or child show signs they may have been trafficked? Here are some signs to look out for:

  • spend a lot of time doing household chores
  • rarely leave their house or have no time for playing
  • be orphaned or living apart from their family
  • live in low-standard accommodation
  • be unsure which country, city or town they're in
  • can't or are reluctant to share personal information or where they live
  • not be registered a GP practice
  • have no access to their parents or guardians
  • be seen in inappropriate places 
  • have money or things you wouldn't expect them to
  • have injuries from workplace accidents

Children and young people who've been trafficked might:

  • not understanding what's happened to them is abuse - especially if they've been groomed
  • believe they're in a relationship with their abuser and are unaware they're being exploited
  • think they played a part in their abuse or have broken the law
  • feel very guilty or ashamed about the abuse they've suffered.

NSPCC advice

If you need advice call the modern slavery helpline on 0800 012 1700 

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