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

Time to transform: Frontline professionals' views on the National Referral Mechanism

Time to transform shows the results of ECPAT UK's survey into frontline professionals’ attitudes towards the National Referral Mechanism, specifically in regard to children’s cases.Read more

Lighting the way

The second report for the ReACT project provides guidance for professionals on how to improve the identification and protection of children who may have been trafficked.Read more

Better support, better protection: Steps lawyers and guardians can take to better identify and protect trafficked children

This report for the ReACT project provides a snapshot of the manner in which children who may have been trafficked into and within five EU states were or were not identified and protected in and up to 2016.Read more

Heading back to harm: A study on trafficked and unaccompanied children going missing from care in the UK

Trafficked and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are going missing from UK care at an “alarmingly high” rate, according to a new study by leading charities ECPAT UK and Missing People.Read more

Class Acts? Examining modern slavery legislation across the UK

Has new anti-slavery legislation across the UK increased prosecution of traffickers, prevented further trafficking and enhanced the protection of victims?Read more

Time to deliver

Victims of trafficking who are pregnant or have children are ‘systematically overlooked’ in the UK’s anti-trafficking response, according to a new report by the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG), a coalition of twelve UK-based charities, including ECPAT UK.Read more

Evaluation of Independent Child Trafficking Advocates trial: Final Report

This report presents findings from an evaluation of a one-year trial of the Independent Child Trafficking Advocates (ICTA) service that took place across 23 local authority areas in England. The trial was part of the Government’s commitment to section 48 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, which sets out provisions for the ICTA service.Read more

UK implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

UK Government policies and spending decisions are failing to prioritise children, including child victims of trafficking, according to new research by the Children's Rights Alliance for England (CRAE), which ECPAT UK is a member.Read more

FAQs on child trafficking

Child trafficking is a complex phenomenon. Here are answers to ten of the most commonly asked questions in our daily interactions with child protection professionals.Read more

Trafficking for Forced Criminal Activities and Begging in Europe

The UK and neighbouring European states fail to protect thousands of adults and children trafficked and forced into crime, according to a new study by the RACE in Europe Project.Read more

Proposal for a Revised National Referral Mechanism (NRM): For Adults

The Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG) proposes replacing the current “flawed” system for adults with one of two models, utilising victim-centred and human rights-based approaches, and drawing on the OHCHR Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Human Trafficking.Read more

Proposal for a Revised National Referral Mechanism (NRM): For Children

ECPAT UK, as part of the ATMG, has proposed an "alternative" NRM model that puts children at the heart of the identification process, embedding it within existing safeguarding systems in order to identify more children who may have been trafficked and generally improve the UK’s response to trafficked children.Read more

Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking and Human Exploitation Bill

The UK Government’s claim that it will produce a ‘world-leading Modern Slavery Bill’ has been challenged by a group of leading anti-trafficking charities, including ECPAT UK, who today published an ‘Alternative Bill’ highlighting deficiencies in the legislation.Read more

The National Referral Mechanism: A Five Year Review

The NRM process is at its worst discriminatory, flagrantly disregards specialist professional opinion and places victims of trafficking into situations of despair, the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG) has said in its latest review.Read more

Hidden in plain sight

The latest Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG) report analyses the UK's measures to protect trafficked persons three years on from the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.Read more

In the Dock. Examining the UK’s Criminal Justice Response to Trafficking

In the Dock examines the effectiveness of trafficking investigations and prosecutions through the UK Criminal Justice System (CJS) in terms of law, policy and practice.Read more

All Change: Preventing Trafficking in the UK

A lack of a comprehensive prevention strategy obscures areas of good practice against human trafficking in the UK, according to the latest Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG) report, All Change.Read more

One the Safe Side: Principles for the safe accommodation of child victims of trafficking

The lack of commonly agreed safety and protection standards across the UK for the place of children, has allowed safeguarding issues to be sidelined, leading to further harm to the child, ECPAT UK has said in its report, On the Safe Side.Read more

Watch over me: A system of guardianship for child victims of trafficking

The Government of the United Kingdom should establish a system of guardianship for child victims of trafficking, ECPAT UK argues in its report Watch over me.Read more

Child Trafficking in the UK: A SNAPSHOT

On the occasion of the first Anti-Slavery Day, ECPAT UK has published this report to provide a snapshot of an area of alarming exploitation, the trafficking of children.Read more

Wrong kind of victim? One year on: an analysis of UK measures to protect trafficked persons

The UK is not yet meeting its obligations under the European Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, argues the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG) in its report, Wrong kind of victim.Read more

Stolen Futures: Trafficking for Forced Child Marriage in the UK

ECPAT UK has found that children are being trafficked out of and into the United Kingdom for forced marriage in its report, Stolen Futures.Read more

Bordering on concern: Child trafficking in Wales

ECPAT UK and the Children's Commissioner for Wales' Bordering on concern report details evidence gleaned from across Wales of children and young people being trafficked into and within Wales for forced labour, sexual exploitation, cannabis production, begging and domestic servitude.Read more