The Department for Education has enlisted ECPAT UK and the Refugee Council to train foster carers and support workers across England to improve the care of separated children seeking asylum and child victims of trafficking. 

The training programme has been established in response to record increases in the numbers of child trafficking victims in the UK and disturbing trends in the numbers of separated children going missing from care. 

ECPAT UK and its partners will deliver 60 four-hour interactive training courses to foster carers and accommodation support workers across England, equipping participants with the knowledge and tools to respond to the challenges and risks facing unaccompanied and trafficked children.

The course is free and professionals are encouraged to book early to guarantee a place on this in-demand event.

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Under the new Immigration Act 2016, the government has the power to require local authorities to cooperate in the transfer of unaccompanied migrant children from one local authority to another. 

Therefore, it is vital that across England practitioners have the knowledge and ability to accommodate and respond to the needs of these children, many of whom may have been trafficked or have undergone traumatic experiences at home or en route to the UK.

With the support of the Department for Education, the Refugee Council and ECPAT UK are offering face-to-face training for foster carers and support workers across England on the care of separated children seeking asylum and child victims of trafficking. This course has been developed in association with Simply Fostering Consultancy.

The interactive four-hour course, delivered by experts with experience of working with separated children, will enable those working with unaccompanied or trafficked children to understand the challenges and risks facing these children, and will equip participants with the knowledge and tools to respond effectively to their needs. Participants will also be provided with resources that can be used post-training, including access to an e-learning course to help recognise the rights of child and adult victims of trafficking and guidance on actions professionals should take to identify and safeguard victims.

Block bookings are available. There is no charge for the courses, but places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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