We're hiring! Training and practice officer

We're recruiting a training and practice officer to lead the development and implementation of our training and best practice programme Read more

Send our youth groups on a restorative residential trip

ECPAT UK's youth programme supports children and young people to recover from their experiences, gain skills and rebuild their lives. Each year, we take the young people away to help them rest and recover from the stresses of their everyday lives. Read more

FAQs on child trafficking

Child trafficking is a complex phenomenon. We created our FAQs on child trafficking resource to answer some of the most commonly asked questions in our daily interactions with child protection professionals and members of the public. Read more

Creating a child trafficking and modern slavery policy

As part of our Partnership Against Child Trafficking (PACT) project, ECPAT UK has produced a guide to assist local authorities to create or update their child trafficking and modern slavery policy. Read more

Leave a gift in your will

We have a vision of a world in which children everywhere are protected from trafficking and exploitation. Leaving a gift in your will is a wonderful way to help us achieve this vision and support vulnerable children for years to come. Read more

Make a lasting difference with a regular gift

Children and young people who have been trafficked have complex needs and require consistent, long-term support. Help us provide long-term support to young people like Hanh by setting up a monthly gift. Read more

Precarious journeys: Mapping vulnerabilities of victims of trafficking from Vietnam to Europe

New research by ECPAT UK, Anti-Slavery International and Pacific Links Foundation traces the journeys made by Vietnamese children and adults migrating irregularly from Vietnam to the UK via Europe. The report, Precarious Journeys: Mapping Vulnerabilities of Victims of Trafficking from Vietnam to Europe, finds that the governments of countries on key trafficking routes routinely fail to protect Vietnamese children from trafficking, leaving them vulnerable to continued exploitation and abuse. Read more

Child trafficking, exploitation and modern slavery

ECPAT UK represents the rights of children affected by trafficking in a wide range of forums at the international, national and local level. We use evidence from our youth work, training and research to secure positive change in policy, legislation and practice to protect and promote the rights of all children who may have been trafficked. Read more

About us

ECPAT UK is a leading children's rights organisation working to protect children from child trafficking and transnational child exploitation. We support children everywhere to uphold their rights and to live a life free from abuse and exploitation. Read more

Our approach

We take a rights-based approach, centring every child’s fundamental human right to be protected from trafficking and exploitation as outlined in national legislation and the European and international legal framework. Our work is child-centred and guided by the meaningful and ethical participation of the young people we support. Read more

Transnational child exploitation

ECPAT UK advocates for the rights of children overseas to be protected from sexual exploitation by UK citizens or residents. We draw on evidence from our research, case monitoring and findings from the ECPAT International network to campaign at the national and international level for policy, legislation and practice that enhances child protection measures and legislative frameworks. Read more

Give as you Live

Raise free donations for ECPAT UK every time you shop online, at no cost to you! Sign up to Give as you Live online - it's quick and easy! Read more

Host a coffee and cake event

Get your friends, family, colleagues or community group together for coffee and cake to raise money for our vital work with trafficked children and young people. Read more

Still in Harm's Way: An update report on trafficked and unaccompanied children going missing from care in the UK

Following on from our ground-breaking 2016 research, leading charities ECPAT UK and Missing People have revisited the issue of trafficked and unaccompanied children going missing from care using 2017. Still in Harm's Way: An update report on trafficked and unaccompanied children going missing from care in the UK finds that these children are still going missing at an alarmingly high rate. Read more

Urgent action needed: Independent guardianship for all trafficked, unaccompanied and separated children

Last October, an incredible 120,535 supporters called for specialist support for all trafficked children. However, the fight is not finished. Make sure your voice is heard by contacting the Home Secretary asking him to provide guardianship for all trafficked, separated and unaccompanied children Read more

London Marathon 2019

Got a place in the 2019 London Marathon? Dedicate your race to raising money for ECPAT UK and you'll support trafficked children to access the support they need to rebuild their lives. Read more

Safeguarding Migrant Children Across Europe (AMINA) project

The AMINA project is a cross-border cooperative project that aims to safeguard children migrating in Europe. ECPAT UK is one of a number of partners from civil society, law enforcement and government departments working collaboratively on the project with our lead partner Missing Children Europe. Read more

Help us reach 150,000 signatures by Anti-Slavery Day 2018!

Campaign update: Help reach 150,000 signatures by Anti-Slavery Day, 18th October 2018, when we will deliver our petition demanding specialist support for child trafficking victims to the Government. Read more

Before the Harm is Done: Examining the UK's response to the prevention of trafficking

The UK Government is failing to protect thousands of children from exploitation by lacking a plan to prevent child trafficking, according to a new report by the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG), a coalition of twelve UK-based charities, including ECPAT UK. The report Before the Harm is Done, stresses that the UK has no specific strategy in relation to preventing trafficking in children, putting thousands of children at risk. Read more


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National Referral Mechanism

The National Referral Mechanism is a process set up by the Government to identify and support victims of trafficking in the UK. It was born out of the Government's obligation to identify victims under the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Human Trafficking, which came into force on 1 February 2008. Read more

Tandem Skydive

Jump into unknown for child victims of trafficking! Choose from a variety of locations across the UK to take part in a tandem skydive - the easiest and most popular of all skydives - an exhilarating way to raise money for some of the UK's most vulnerable children Read more

Child trafficking in the UK 2018: A snapshot

ECPAT UK's new snapshot report provides an overview of the state of modern slavery affecting children in the UK, drawing on our experience of working with young people who have been exploited, and compiling the latest statistics and recent policy developments on this important issue. Read more

Films for practitioners

Watch ECPAT UK's short films designed to raise awareness among professional about the issues facing child victims of trafficking and unaccompanied children seeking asylum. Read more