Hello…just have some interesting bits and pieces to update you on;
Firstly, for all those theatre fans out there we’ve caught news of a new production by Clean Break called ‘It felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now’ by Lucy Kirkwood. The theatre company works with women who have been affected by the criminal justice system, and the play itself is the product of interviews with women who were trafficked into the UK, some into the sex industry, and some of whom experienced periods in the UK prison system. The play takes the audience on a journey which is extremely emotional and insightful and at times very candid – and example of which is Dijana Polančec remark;
“I know exactly how much I am worth. I am worth 1000 Euros because that is how much Babac paid for me. To put this in easy language, that is like two and a half iPhones.”
It is no wonder the play received a five star review from the Evening Standard. If you are interested, check out the website or the e-flyer below.
Secondly the British Association for Adoption and Fostering have published two new guides which focus on care and support for children and young people who have been trafficked into the UK. The first is ‘the guide for foster carers’ and the second is called ‘the guide for social workers’. The team here have had a look through both and think they provide tons of insightful and practical information for professionals – both for those already familiar with the complexities associated with human trafficking and its victims, and also for those who have not yet explored this important area. The guides cover a range of issues giving recommendations for caring for trafficking children, to the local authority’s legal duty, how to keep children safe, and also how to initially identify trafficking victims. Both guides are also illustrated with real case studies, and quotations from individuals who have experienced trafficking. If you think these guides could be useful for you, or simply because you are interested to find out more, then get in contact with the BAAF who will be able to help.
And to all you out there who thinks the recent UK-focused blogs could benefit from some international enrichment (I know I do!) – please feel free to send us updates of great events in your city, or any information that could be of benefit to readers.
Thanks, and that’s all for now!