Senior Practitioner (County Lines, Slavery and Trafficking)

All Regions
Full Time
Secondment / Fixed term
12 - Months

An opportunity has arisen for a Secondment until 31st March 2025 as a Senior Practitioner (County Lines, Slavery and Trafficking) within our County Lines Task Force Safeguarding team. The role is full time paying £39,878.80 per annum with the British Transport Police (BTP). The role will be Home based with extensive travel required.

BTP is the national police Force for the rail network throughout Great Britain, including London Underground, across which we ensure the safety and security of nearly 3 billion passenger journeys and over 100 million tons of freight every year. The world in which we work is fast-paced, operationally and commercially demanding, and constantly changing.

Safeguarding is a key priority for British Transport Police in their work to tackle exploitation including County Lines, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. The child exploitation senior practitioner is part of the County Lines Task Force Safeguarding team and supports the prepare, protect, prevent functions. The purpose of this role is to provide advice, guidance, training and operational support to improve preventative and statutory responses to exploitation, slavery and trafficking. 


As Senior Practitioner you will be required to:

  • Consult and provide specialist statutory safeguarding expertise on operational activity being undertaken by the British Transport Police (primarily as part of Op Defiant County Lines Task Force), liaise and build relationships with statutory and voluntary partners to ensure statutory safeguarding requirements are met and preventative responses developed across the rail network
  • Support the active investigation and safeguarding of children known to British Transport Police including liaison, gathering information, analysis and recommendations pertaining to their effective safeguarding
  • Coordinate with other agencies to ensure children, young people and vulnerable adults have effective plans in place to protect them and their families and support the investigation into crime
  • Create and deliver bespoke interventions dependent upon identified service need, including but not limited to delivering bespoke training and learning sessions, developing guidance and resources and providing consultation expertise to rail partners


Further information about this vacancy can be found in the attached job description. The successful post holder will be required to evidence the following:

  • The role requires a professional qualification/registration including Social Worker, youth justice, Teacher, Nurse, Probation Officer or equivalent
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience
  • Ability to work with multiple partners across relevant professional disciplines, to achieve collaborative responses for individuals, groups and locations
  • Ability to recognise vulnerable children and adults, and the required response to ensure safeguarding activity is proportionate and robust and in accordance with statutory requirements
  • Ability to work flexibly on a national basis with a range of staff at various levels across organisations. This will include extensive travel and overnight stays away from home.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of exploitation including Child Sexual Exploitation, Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE); in particular the understanding of County Lines.
  • Working knowledge of the relevant legislation such as: Children Act 1989, Children Act 2004, Working Together 2018, Modern Slavery Act 2015, Modern Slavery Statutory Guidance 2022, Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders 2012 and the Care Act 2014


Eligibility Criteria:

In order to be considered for this role, applicants must meet the initial eligibility requirements below. By submitting an application, you are self-certifying that you meet this criteria.

  • Approval from current employer for this secondment opportunity is evidenced.
  • Roles will be subject to vetting, which must be passed to take up the role.
  • Meet the essential criteria as detailed in the attached job description.


If you are interested in applying to this Senior Practitioner (County Lines, Slavery and Trafficking) Secondment, then please do not delay as interviews will be held as soon as appropriate candidates are highlighted.

How to APPLY: Please submit a CV and covering letter outlining how you meet the required knowledge, skills and experience as outlined within the Job Description. Please note that there is no option to upload these documents separately, therefore, both your cover letter and CV must be submitted as one document. 


BTP is an employer who cares about the impact we have on the environment and the wider challenges of climate change, and as such we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and achieving Net Zero Carbon (NZC) through offsetting by 2035.

At BTP we are proud guardians of the railway and it is crucial that we represent the diverse communities we serve and protect. As ‘One BTP’ across the UK, we know that diversity, inclusion and belonging help us improve our decision making, foster creativity and drive innovation so all our people can thrive.

Our vacancies are open to everyone and all appointments are made based on merit. So that we can become more diverse we encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds, women, people who have a disability, those who are neurodiverse and persons who identify as LGBTQI+. We use positive action to encourage potential candidates from underrepresented groups through targeted workshops or advice sessions.  If you have the skills, experience and values that here in BTP we pride ourselves on then we would welcome you to apply.

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If you have any questions about the application process, please email our friendly and helpful team where we will be happy to help you: If your question related to equality or diversity then you can also contact our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team directly at: To reassure you, anything you ask us will be in the strictest confidence and will not form part of your application.

In order to apply, you must have the permanent right to live and work in the UK and have been resident in the UK for the previous 5 years. You will be asked these and other questions to determine your eligibility to work for British Transport Police when you start your application and you must answer honestly.


This opportunity is closed to applications.