In order to build healthy learning environments, educators and school personnel must be knowledgeable about the signs and symptoms of trafficking, ways to support disclosure, and the steps to take if there is a strong suspicion of trafficking. If a school staff member—a teacher, bus driver, administrator, counselor, or cafeteria worker—notices a student who shows signs of potential trafficking, the first rule is to always pay attention. Learn about the school’s policies and protocols. If the school does not have clear policies and protocols, talk to the principal about instituting them. Share this information with school staff, administrators, school boards, and members of the community.
For more information, see “A Sample Protocol for School Districts”