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Responses to child victims of modern slavery in the United Kingdom: a children’s rights perspective

Dunhill, Ally; Gordon, Faith; Kidd, Alicia; Kirk, Tracy; Lundy, Laura


Ally Dunhill

Faith Gordon

Tracy Kirk

Laura Lundy


Freedom from slavery is one of the few absolute human rights that exist. While it has been abolished globally, situations of slavery continue to exist today in the form of ‘modern slavery’. This paper focuses on child victims of modern slavery in the UK and considers whether responses to these victims align with the requirements of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The article employs the 3 P Framework used to categorise the CRC – provision, protection and participation – to discuss the rights most relevant for child victims of modern slavery and suggests that there is a particular failure to recognise the importance of children’s participatory rights. The article concludes by offering recommendations for policy, encouraging the participation of children in developing effective anti-slavery policies.


Dunhill, A., Gordon, F., Kidd, A., Kirk, T., & Lundy, L. (in press). Responses to child victims of modern slavery in the United Kingdom: a children’s rights perspective. Child and Family Law Quarterly,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 26, 2020
Online Publication Date May 9, 2020
Deposit Date Jan 27, 2020
Publicly Available Date May 10, 2022
Journal Child and Family Law Quarterly
Publisher Jordan Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Issue 2
Keywords Child Participation; UK Modern Slavery Act; Children’s Rights.
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