n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Integration of interpreters in social work interventions with child victims of transnational trafficking : proposed guidelines

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



The exploitation of children through trafficking is a growing concern worldwide and in South Africa. Children, who have been trafficked, transnationally, usually do not speak the language(s) of the country of transit and/ or destination and are therefore likely to require the services of an interpreter to access psychosocial services and receive appropriate care and protection from social workers. This article draws on existing sources of information as part of a document study. Guidelines have the potential to provide valuable and crucial tools to social workers as they respond to managed care interventions. The guidelines presented focus on locating a suitable interpreter, preparing before the therapeutic session and debriefing after the session. The guidelines presented are based on trust, mutual understanding and respect for the contribution that each (social worker and interpreter) brings during the intervention process. The article concludes that equality of access to psychosocial services is crucial and interpretation services ensure that social work is inclusive, accessible, appropriate and culturally sensitive to child victims of transnational trafficking.

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