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Be vigilant to the risks of trafficking

We have been made aware of the potential risk of interpreters being recruited by trafficking gangs to reach vulnerable individuals for re-trafficking. The warning has come from the Salvation Army, after a case in London. We have no reason to believe this has happened in our area but as a precaution, here are a few good practice tips for caring for victims/vulnerable patients:

  • Be observant

  • Never leave the interpreter alone with a victim, especially in waiting rooms or reception areas

  • This includes not just visually but also within earshot to ensure no subtle communication is taking place.

  • Please ensure victims leave at different times to an interpreter.

  • Be wary of any interpreting activity that seems out of the norm or not in keeping with what is being asked to be interpreted.

  • If a victim looks distressed in the presence of an interpreter, cease the session immediately.  

  • Unfortunately, even interpreters with full references, qualifications and DBS checks may still be involved in trafficking gangs, so if you have any doubts or hesitation about the quality of an interpreter, please tell your language service provider immediately.