Job Description

We know that our colleagues go above and beyond in delivering our vital work, driven by their passion and commitment to Barnardo’s values.  We also know that we can only realise our ambitions and achieve better outcomes for more children, thanks to the talent, hard work and creativity of our people.

For all these reasons, we are committed to a new approach to pay and reward, to ensure it is fair, attractive and progressive, which should be in place by 1st April 2023. This is a positive change for the charity, and a key pillar of our People & Culture Strategy. It will assist us in supporting colleagues to grow and develop in their career at Barnardo’s.

Please note due to the high volume of applications for some posts, this advert might close before the displayed closing date. We recommend that you apply for this role as soon as possible.

Independent Child Trafficking Guardian

Available posts: 2                           Area covered: London



Barnardo’s National Counter Trafficking Service runs several different services across England and Wales. This includes the Independent Child Trafficking Guardianship Service, a statutory provision set out in Section 48 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Do you want to improve the lives of young people affected by modern slavery? Do you have immigration, social care or criminal justice experience? Are you ready to join a passionate growing team and step up to this challenge? If your answers are yes, we want to hear from you.

Independent Child Trafficking Guardians:

  • Work directly alongside young people who do not have a figure of parental responsibility for them in the UK, guiding them through immigration, social care and criminal justice processes
  • Support professionals, including Social Workers, Police, Youth Offending Workers Foster Carers and Residential Support Workers, to identify young people exploited through modern slavery, meet their needs and keep them safe
  • Ensure that every young person in the Service is referred into the National Referral Mechanism (NRM)
  • Assist in enabling young people access to effective legal or other advice, including by appointing and instructing legal representation as needed
  • Enable young people to build safe networks of support and work with professionals to disrupt unsafe networks
  • Encourage and assist young people to access growth opportunities and develop their talents and skills


This is a Home-Based role but will involve extensive travel around the region to regularly meet with young people and attend multi-agency meetings

 What are the benefits of joining the National Counter Trafficking Service in addition to Barnardo’s Benefits?

  • Extensive training, development and progression pathway
  • Line management and clinical supervision


Please do look over our recruitment pack National Counter Trafficking Service – Recruitment Pack



Barnardo’s believe in creating equality of opportunity in the workplace and supporting people to manage their work-life balance; we are therefore open to offering flexible working arrangements.



The world of work has changed. We are understanding of what works best for our colleagues both current and future as we look to embrace this new way of working. Our hybrid working initiative is based on trust, flexibility and empowerment. We understand our workplace offer means different things to different people, and we encourage those conversations. This may mean working at one of our stores, services, working at home, at one of our Collaboration Hubs or any combination of these.

  • Barnardo’s believe in creating equality of opportunity in the workplace and supporting people to manage their work-life balance; we are therefore open to offering flexible working arrangements.
  • 26 days annual leave plus bank holidays, increasing after 5 years service
  • The ability to buy up to another 5 days annual leave via our HolidayPlus scheme
  • A host of family friendly leave options including company Maternity Paternity and Adoption pay; together with all family additional leave options
  • Service related sick pay from day 1
  • Access to a Group Personal Pension with a matched 4% or 6% contribution from Barnardo’s. Ability to pay via salary sacrifice to garner both tax and NI savings on your own contribution
  • Death in service cover of 4x annual earnings for all staff contributing to our Group Personal Pension
  • Cycle2work scheme
  • Interest free season ticket loans
  • Discounts and cashback from at high street shops including major supermarkets, cinemas, gyms, leisure/theme parks, holidays and much more via our Benefit Portal
  • Opportunity to purchase a health cash plan to claim towards dental, glasses, therapy etc
  • Free access to round the clock employee assistance program for advice and support
  • Access to Barnardo’s Corporate University

*T&C’s apply based on contract

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 candidates as they are under-represented within Barnardo’s.

For more information: Barnardos | Careers