Risk Factor Assessment

What Does 'At-Risk' Mean?

‘At risk’ is a common phrase used by researchers and practitioners in the anti-human trafficking effort to describe when a person or community has a heightened vulnerability to exploitation compared to other similar individuals and communities. The phrase is often used as a broad categorisation of target populations for which programs are implemented to prevent human trafficking. Practitioners, researchers, and policymakers often use ‘at risk’ without an accurate understanding of risk itself, nor the factors that enhance risk. There is a need for preventative policies and interventions to define risk and target communities and populations that are more ‘at risk’ than others.

The Social-Ecological Model

The social-ecological model provides a framework for prevention by outlining risk factors that contribute to an individual’s vulnerability to exploitation. This model considers the complex interplay between individual, relationship, community, and societal factors. This model has been adapted in various forms to describe risk factors for human trafficking. This guide presents Global Family’s adapted social-ecological framework and methods for measuring and assessing individual and community factors.

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Complete the Online Assessment

Complete the online assessment to understand risk in your community. Once submitted, we will compile your findings and send you your final report.