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Protecting young people from exploitation: guardianship roundtable

Today, 3 November, the Law Centre and Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People held a roundtable discussion to consider the role and practice of independent guardians for separated children in Northern Ireland, including those who may have been trafficked. 

This legal guardians system, provided for in the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Criminal Justice and Support for Victims) Act (NI) 2015, is in the process of being implemented, and the Department of Health and Social Services is consulting on criteria for the appointment, regulation and monitoring of guardians.

The roundtable brought together delegates from the Netherlands and Britain as well as key players in Northern Ireland.

The discussions were very positive and will feed into individual groups’ responses to the consultation which ends on 6 November.

This event is intended to generate further initiatives to ensure a robust guardianship system is implemented as early as possible.

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