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 and unaccompanied children

This year, an incredible 120,535 supporters called for specialist support for all trafficked children. However, the fight is not finished and with the Modern Slavery Act currently under review, it’s now or never to make sure your voice is heard. Will you take 5 minutes to contact your MP asking them to raise this issue with the Home Secretary?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 childrenRead 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

Tools for practitioners

ECPAT UK's free 'interviewing trafficked children' webinar is delivered by Kalvir Kaur, a qualified solicitor and leading expert advocating for refugee children and victims of trafficking.Read more

Child friendly leaflets

View ECPAT UK's leaflets aiming to raise awareness and increase professionals' understand of child trafficking and exploitation, and inform vulnerable children about their rights.Read more

Child friendly films

View ECPAT UK's child friendly film aiming to raise awareness about child trafficking and exploitation, and inform vulnerable children about their rights.Read more

Supporter Promise

Our promise to ECPAT UK supportersRead more

New research: Towards a global indicator on unidentified victims in child sexual exploitation material

New research produced by ECPAT International and Interpol into the online sexual exploitation of children, Towards a global indicator on unidentified victims in child sexual exploitation material, is a groundbreaking study producing key findings on child sexual abuse materials.Read more

Partnership Against Child Trafficking Project

The Partnership Against Child Trafficking (PACT) Project is an innovative project aimed at improving local responses to child trafficking and all forms of modern slavery and exploitation. ECPAT UK was selected by the Government to deliver the project in partnership with Cordis Bright and Missing People. The project is funded by the Home Office’s Child Trafficking Protection Fund.Read more