AIMS AND METHODS
You can find a full summary of our review here. We wanted to understand the benefits and harms of post-trafficking services from the perspectives of survivors of human trafficking. In particular, we investigated views around psychological and social interventions. To our questions, we searched for relevant academic research papers since 2000. Papers needed to be qualitative studies that explored the service provision experiences of adult survivors. Studies could use any qualitative methods, including interviews or focus group discussions. After searching, we identified 1877 records, and from these, 18 studies which were relevant to our aims.
We generated four themes around survivor experience of service provision:
- ‘Personal Desired Outcomes from Aftercare Provision’ described desired outcomes including independence and agency, stability, greater self-efficacy, formation of an identity and safety.
- ‘Qualities Displayed by Service providers’ highlighted the importance of non-judgemental, compassionate, empowering approaches and authenticity from services.
- ‘Recommendations for Services’ emphasised the need for aftercare provision to provide holistic, trafficking-specific, and long-term care support.
- ‘Facets of Service Provision’ identified the resources, activities, and psychological support needed for post-trafficking support, and focuses on preparing for a life beyond immediate aftercare.
PROJECT LEAD ON THE REVIEW
Sabah Rafique conducted some of the preliminary research for this project, specifically a systematic review and qualitative synthesis exploring survivor perspectives of current post-trafficking services. This research sparked a real interest in working with survivors of trafficking and having recently completed her Master of Science in Mental Health Studies with KCL, and now working as an Assistant Psychologist, she hopes to learn more, and further develop her understanding of survivors’ needs and how this can be supported in practice.
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