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FACT SHEET #12: KEY PRINCIPLES FOR WORKING WITH TRAFFICKED PEOPLE

This fact sheet examines the NGO Guidelines for Working with Trafficked people, which provides 10 key principles for working with trafficked people.


Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) who work with trafficked people face difficult ethical and professional questions.


The guiding ethical principles for NGOs working with trafficked people are set out in a publication, the NGO Guidelines for Working with Trafficked People, produced by the Working Group of the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery.


The NGO Guidelines set out the following 10 ethical principles for working with trafficked people.

  1. Understand and protect the rights of trafficked people
  2. Always act to protect people’s safety
  3. Obtain informed consent
  4. Protect privacy and confidentiality.
  5. Provide appropriate referrals
  6. Provide services that are appropriate for the individual
  7. Protect professional and ethical services
  8. Know how to respond to subpoenas and other requests for information
  9. Know how to support witnesses in court proceedings
  10. Recognise the particular needs of children

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