In 2018, Covenant House conducted a national study on the barriers to exiting sex trafficking. What we learned is that the support of front-line service providers plays a significant role in an individual’s ability to successfully exit trafficking. This highlights the importance of every encounter between service providers and survivors, and the need to ensure the survivor feels cared for and supported.
While survivors are resilient and strong, they also require compassion, understanding, sensitivity and comfort. Industry standards point to trauma-informed care as the best approach to provide this support. We unpacked this approach in our model of care section, which you can find here.
In the section below, we offer a practical guide on how to apply trauma-informed care.
Although these are promising practices, they are also only recommendations; individual considerations must be taken into account. The most important takeaway is that respect, compassion, patience and non-judgmental care are present in all of your actions as a service provider.