Job Description

Barnardo’s National Counter Trafficking Service encompasses four distinct services operating in various geographical areas across England and Wales. This includes the Independent Child Trafficking Guardianship Service (ICTG Service).  The ICTG Service is expanding and developing in 2021/2022 and we are pleased to announce some exciting opportunities to join a passionate and experienced national team.  We are advertising various different and varied roles working with children and young people and/or with professionals that work directly with children.

Would you like to make a difference in children’s’ lives, be part of our dynamic team and embark on a learning journey with a service that is passionate about seeing positive change in the fight against trafficking and modern slavery in the UK?

This role is an Independent Child Trafficking Guardian.


Guardians work in the best interests of children to be an independent source of advice for children who have been trafficked, to speak up on their behalf and help them orientate around social welfare, immigration and criminal justice systems.

 Posts Available:

  1. Midlands – covering Bedfordshire, Luton, Milton Keynes and surrounding areas
  2. South – covering Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Surrey and surrounding areas
  3. London – covering all London boroughs
  4. Wales – applicants to cover North, Central or South Wales
  5. National Assessment Team – working from home

The salary offered will be based on: location, experience and qualifications.

Location of Post: Home Based with extensive travel around the regions

Independent Child Trafficking Guardians work to…

  • Support children through direct work; enabling them to navigate complex systems, such as social care, immigration and criminal justice as well as health and education
  • Support professionals in identification and appropriate safeguarding of children and young people who have experienced exploitation including knowledge around the NRM.
  • Act as an independent advocate working at all times in the child’s best interest and promoting their well-being.
  • Build relationships of trust with children and support them and the professionals working with them to keep them safe and reduce the risk of missing and re-trafficking.
  • Ensure that every child in the service has been referred into the National Referral Mechanism.
  • Assist (where appropriate) in enabling the child to obtain legal or other advice, assistance and representation, including (where necessary) by appointing and instructing legal representatives to act on the child’s behalf.
  • Enable children to safely access education, training and growth opportunities.
  • Support children to engage in therapeutic direct work sessions to promote their recovery and social and emotional literacy.

Additional Information 

Although this contract has a permanent status, please be aware that this post is subject to continued funding, currently until 31st December 2022, and therefore should this funding not be extended further, you may be subject to a redundancy consultation or a TUPE arrangement.

Salary will be based on experience, qualifications and location. Market supplement will be awarded to those living in and around London.

When completing your application please refer to your skills knowledge and experience in relation to the Job Description/Person Specification and Additional Information Sheet. This should be done with an understanding of the context of the service described.

About Barnardo’s

At Barnardo’s we believe in children – no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. Please read about our basis and values following the link below. You will be asked questions relating to them as part of the recruitment process for this role.

Barnardo’s is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce for staff and volunteers. We actively encourage applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and male candidates as they are under-represented within Barnardo’s.

For more information and to apply online please visit:

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