HHS Releases Primer on Intersection between Human Trafficking & Child Welfare

The Child Welfare Information Gateway within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released a report exploring how child welfare agencies can support children who are victims of human trafficking, as well as children who are at greater risk for future victimization. While this report is intended for child welfare agency leadership, there is also a companion guide, intended to assist child welfare caseworkers.

The report provides background on human trafficking and the intersection with child welfare, and summarizes federal legislation addressing human trafficking to date. It also documents federal guidance that has been released about human trafficking laws over the course of the last three years, and describes several federal initiatives that have been developed in response to the issue.

The second half of the report features strategies for state and local agencies, highlighting several examples from across the U.S. in the areas of state and agency policies, collaboration, training for agency staff and partners, screening and assessment tools, designing service programs and building community awareness. To read the report, follow this LINK.