EU Governments ‘pass the buck’ for protecting thousands of Vietnamese children trafficked through Europe

Thousands of children trafficked from Vietnam to the UK are suffering horrendous exploitation and abuse in transit through Europe as different governments pass the buck on protecting them, according to new research by Anti-Slavery International, ECPAT UK and Pacific Links Foundation. The report, Precarious Journeys: Mapping Vulnerabilities of Victims of Trafficking from Vietnam to Europe, traces the journeys made by Vietnamese children and adults to the UKRead more

Landmark Inquiry evidence shows systemic and procedural failures allowed British nationals to sexually exploit children abroad with impunity

The landmark Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) investigation made public evidence about the failures of the UK’s institutions, policies and practices to protect children abroad from sexual abuse by its citizens. ECPAT UK provided crucial evidence on these failures that meant UK citizens and those with links to England and Wales were able to travel abroad and sexually exploit children with impunity.Read more

Surge in identification of potential child victims of trafficking raises concerns about support

There was a dramatic increase in the number of potential child victims of trafficking identified in the UK last year, raising concerns about UK authorities’ ability to respond to rising numbers of victims in light of potential reductions in support.Read more

ECPAT UK to give expert evidence before the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA)

On Monday, 11th February, ECPAT UK to give expert evidence before the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) on the protection of children abroad from sexual exploitation by those with links to England and WalesRead more

Lawyer Silvia Nicolaou Garcia named 2018 Children’s Champion

ECPAT UK has today announced solicitor Silvia Nicolaou Garcia as the recipient of the 2018 Children’s Champion award.Read more

1 in 6 trafficked and unaccompanied children in care are reported missing in the UK

Two leading UK charities, ECPAT UK and Missing People, have released a new report warning that trafficked and unaccompanied children are 30 times more likely to go missing than other children their age. Additionally, in 2017, trafficked and unaccompanied children went missing from care on average 7 times, highlighting grave safeguarding failures on the part of local authorities.Read more

New EU online privacy law may increase risk of child sexual exploitation

More than 30 child rights NGOs, including ECPAT UK, ECPAT International and eight ECPAT member groups have written to EU President Junckers expressing concern over the wording of the draft Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications (e-Privacy Regulation), currently under consideration in Brussels. The NGOs are concerned the new regulation could hamper efforts to track online child sex offenders and identify victims.Read more

ECPAT UK training over 1,000 foster carers and accommodation support workers

ECPAT UK is once again partnering with the Refugee Council to deliver training to over 1,000 foster carers and support workers in accommodation placements in England. The 'caring for separated and trafficked children' training programme will equip those with caring duties for unaccompanied and trafficked children with the knowledge and tools to effectively protect these vulnerable children.Read more

‘One size doesn’t fit all’: Young victims of trafficking joined 120,535 people demanding specialist support for trafficked children

Young victims of trafficking marked Anti-Slavery Day 2018 by delivering a 120,535 strong petition to the UK Government demanding guaranteed specialist support for trafficked children.Read more

ECPAT UK takes part in international Day of Action for unaccompanied children

On Wednesday, 17th October 2018, ECPAT UK will join partners from across Europe to participate in a ‘Day of Action’ for unaccompanied and separated children, as part of the cross-border Safeguarding Migrant Children Across Europe (AMINA) project.Read more

Thousands of children put at risk of trafficking by the UK Government’s lack of plan to prevent it, says new Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group report

Thousands of children put at risk of trafficking by the UK Government’s lack of plan to prevent it, says new report by the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group - a group of organisations including ECPAT UK.Read more

Parliamentary report on sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector highlights duty to protect vulnerable children

Sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector has been an ‘open secret’ among humanitarian organisations, with individuals who report abuse continually ‘silenced and ostracised’, according to a new report by the International Development Committee which drew on evidence submitted by ECPAT UK.Read more

ECPAT UK is core participant in landmark inquiry into child sexual abuse

ECPAT UK has been granted core participant status in the Protection of Children Outside the United Kingdom investigation held by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).Read more

Children are left behind by the Government's modern slavery agenda

Our latest research, Child trafficking in the UK 2018: A snapshot, exposes the limitations of the government’s response to child victims of trafficking and highlights the need for a new, child-centred approach.Read more

ECPAT UK welcomes the ratification of the Lanzarote Convention

ECPAT UK heralds the UK government’s long-awaited ratification of the Lanzarote Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse in the UK and abroad.Read more

ECPAT UK contributes to new e-handbook on legislating against modern slavery

A new e-handbook on modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour features ECPAT UK and more than 50 other experts from across the Commonwealth. The handbook was produced by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association as a comprehensive guide for legislating against crimes related to modern slavery.Read more

How to protect children in criminal exploitation - watch our latest videos

Following recent reports on the rise of children exploited for criminality, ECPAT UK’s Head of Training Laura Durán, was recently interviewed by Lynda Gibbs from the Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) to discuss the complex nature of criminal exploitation and ECPAT UK's work campaigning against child trafficking.Read more

ECPAT UK’s short film on child trafficking wins gold medal at New York Festival

ECPAT UK (Every Child Protected Against Trafficking) is thrilled that its animated short film about child trafficking in cannabis cultivation – The Secret Gardeners, has won the gold medal in the Human Concerns category at the New York Festivals World’s Best TV and Films awards.Read more

Behind the Behaviour: Identifying the criminal exploitation of migrant children

ECPAT UK has released a new film. ‘Behind the Behaviour: identifying the criminal exploitation of migrant children’ highlights how migrant children who are criminally exploited may not be easily recognised as victims by frontline services in the UK.Read more

ECPAT UK working with ABTA to update training on child safeguarding in travel and tourism

ECPAT UK is once again working with the UK’s leading travel association, ABTA, to ensure staff in the travel and tourism industry are trained to identify and respond to child protection concerns.Read more

Staggering rise in number of children identified as victims of modern slavery in the UK

ECPAT UK is calling on the UK Government to do more to protect child victims of modern slavery after the latest official statistics from the NCA showed a huge 66% rise in the number of children identified as potential victims during 2017.Read more

ECPAT UK’s Youth Worker wins Young Leader of the Year award

ECPAT UK’s Trafficked Girls’ Group Assistant, Temi Adekoya, has won the Young Leader of the Year award at London Youth’s annual award ceremony celebrating young people making outstanding contributions to their communities.Read more

Telford child abuse demonstrates endemic failures by authorities across the UK

Up to 1,000 children may have been abused in Telford, with victims as young as 11 years old suffering sexual exploitation. The scandal highlights endemic failings in how we respond to child abuse and underlines the need for better training, multi-agency working and adequate resourcing of frontline care servicesRead more

ECPAT UK welcomes a new Chair of its Board

ECPAT UK is delighted to announce Katherine Mulhern as the new Chair of ECPAT UK – a leading child rights charity working to protect children from trafficking, abuse and exploitation. Katherine takes over from Ian Hanham who stood down last month. Ian will continue to serve on the board as a Trustee.Read more

Child protection: Why we need a reality check

The Oxfam scandal exposed the sexual exploitation of vulnerable children by foreign aid workers, highlighting the endemic child abuse being committed internationally. Greater transparency, accountability and safeguarding measures must be implemented by governments, charities, businesses and individuals to prevent international child exploitation.Read more

‘Depraved’ Briton jailed for online abuse following international cooperation

British national, Matthew Falder, was jailed today for 32 years after admitting 137 charges of online sexual exploitation against children and adults in the UK and internationally. Falder used the anonymity of the dark web to trick and blackmail victims into providing footage of sexually abusive acts, deliberately targeting young and vulnerable victims. It is a 'watershed moment' for the policing and prosecution of transnational abuse of children online.Read more