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This project – co-financed by the European Union – addresses a well-documented and relevant trafficking chain that takes roots in rural counties of Southern Romania and reaches major cities in the UK. The question of exit procedures for Romanian minors (i.e. Procura issued by public notaries (PN) upon request of family members or third parties) is an integral part of this trafficking chain.
Terre des hommes and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) have joined forces with the National Agency Against Trafficking in Persons in Romania (ANITP) and have coordinated their efforts with the General Direction for Child Protection (GDCP) and with the National Union of Public Notaries in Romania (UNNPR).
The 20 months project has three specific objectives:

(i) Improve knowledge base of trafficking of vulnerable groups involved in child begging and other forms of labour exploitation.

  • Expected Result 1 (ER1) Joint research with separate components in the UK and Romania.(a) NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty To Children) in the UK will collect aggregate data on legal information and papers carried by Romanian UNAMs begging in major cities in the UK. In Romania (b) Tdh and ANITP will collect and analyse data from PN in three target counties and one control county.
  • (ER2) Introduction of new models for collaboration between child care agencies/NGOs, local authorities and police to facilitate the information flow on Romanian UNAMs and trafficked children in the UK. NSPCC will facilitate this and report the cases and trends to the GDCP. NSPCC and Tdh Romania will conduct joint training sessions for social workers, police, health professionals and members of Consultative Community Committees (CCCs).

(ii) Improve victim assistance and identification among practitioners who come into contact with victims or potential victims of THB, with a view to improving discharged and mandated duties.

  • (ER1) Tools and guides to assist identification of victims in the UK which are incorporated into the UK Government National Referral Mechanism (NRM) are enhanced, shared and aligned with local and national protection frameworks in Romania; and
  • (ER2) Developed online resource to enable professionals in Romania and the UK to access support and training. Both Tdh and NSPCC will provide on-going assistance to child care agencies who identify and provide support to children through case management, ensuring the child’s best interests; provide tools to frontline workers in Romania and the UK to identify children at-risk of trafficking and Romanian UNAMs who are begging in the major cities of the UK; and design and deliver an online knowledge hub where practitioners can connect, access and share resources, training and support.

(iii) Prevent child trafficking from Romania, particularly in the context of Procura issued by PN in trafficking prone counties, by linking PN with child protection systems

  • (ER1) A comprehensive training programme for PN is designed and delivered across three trafficking prone counties in Romania;
  • (ER2) National coordination mechanisms for child protection in three trafficking prone counties in Romania are strengthened and revived;
  • (ER3) Members of five vulnerable Roma communities in the UK are better able to understand child protection processes. Tdh and ANITP will design and deliver trainings that incorporate knowledge and experience to combine/reconcile counter-trafficking efforts with child welfare. The training programme will target 185 Notaries and associated staff/law students. Dissemination efforts will reach 75% of all PN offices across Romania, i.e. 1,230 legal practitioners. Members of 10 CCCs in trafficking prone areas will be trained. In the UK, NSPCC will deliver awareness raising campaigns amongst 285 Roma families, targeting community leaders. Dissemination will be ensured through printed materials mailed individually (available in EN and RO), training videos, online resource, documentary film, mobile/tablet application, posters, personal meetings, news disseminated through the website  'Terre des hommes in Central and South East Europe' run by Tdh as well as on Child Protection Hub.

Expected Outcomes:
In the longer term, the partnership working relationships between safeguarding actors in the UK and Romania will be built on and extended to other partners in EU member states.
In the short term (18 months), frontline workers will enhance their understanding of specific mechanisms employed by traffickers, stakeholders will be able to analyse trends in issuance of legal documents and develop targeted programmatic responses in terms of prevention or law enforcement as measured by the final evaluation.
The project is co-financed by the European Union EU Flag

  • NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty To Children)
  • National Agency Against Trafficking in Persons (RO)