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

Stephen's case exposes failings in child trafficking support

‘Stephen’ was identified as a former child victim of trafficking but now faces the threat of removal to Vietnam. His case has rightly received significant public attention, highlighting the urgent need to reform the support system (the National Referral Mechanism) for other children who have been victims of modern slavery in the UK.Read more

Report finds major gaps in local authority support to migrant children

There is “limited availability of specialist provision” for migrant children who are identified as potential victims of modern slavery by local authorities, a new report has found, strengthening ECPAT UK’s campaign call for urgent reforms to the way in which the UK responds to trafficked children.Read more

Children across the UK exploited by ‘county lines’ gangs

A new report by the National Crime Agency finds thousands of children are being trafficked to supply drugs by ‘county lines’ gangs into rural parts of the UK.Read more

Calls for ‘firewall’ between immigration and child protection in the UK

The UK should introduce a ‘firewall’ between child protection services and immigration services to protect the rights of child victims of trafficking from abroad, according to two UN Committees.Read more

Frontline professionals express major concerns about the National Referral Mechanism for children

ECPAT UK's survey on the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) has found that more than half of frontline workers believe the current NRM, the main framework for identifying and protecting victims of trafficking, needs to be revised to better protect child victims of modern slavery.Read more

Brexit negotiations must consider the rights and needs of children

ECPAT UK has joined with other UK children’s experts to form the ‘Brexit and Children’ coalition and create an important new discussion paper outlining concerns about the impact of Brexit on children.Read more

ECPAT UK signs as UK representative of The Code

ECPAT UK has become the UK representative of The Code, an international initiative to support travel and tourism companies to prevent child sexual exploitation.Read more

Changes made to trafficking support system but children risk being overlooked

ECPAT UK responds to the government's announcement regarding reforms to the National Referral Mechanism for victims of trafficking. ECPAT welcomes the reforms although they do not go far enough to provide children with the specialist support they need.Read more

The Secret Gardeners: New film on child trafficking from Vietnam

Leading children’s charity ECPAT UK will mark today’s Anti-Slavery Day (18th October 2017) with the release of an animated film aimed at tackling the growing issue of Vietnamese children being trafficked to the UK for cannabis cultivation.Read more

Register now for our FREE child trafficking webinars!

Calling all lawyers, advocates, social workers and more! ECPAT UK, as part of the European Commission funded ReACT Project, is offering two free online tutorials for those working with trafficked children.Read more

UK modern slavery more widespread than previously thought, National Crime Agency says

The scale of human trafficking and modern slavery is far larger than “anyone had previously thought”, the National Crime Agency has said today. Tens of thousands of adults and children, according to NCA Director of Vulnerabilities, Will Kerr, are likely to have been trafficked into modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK.Read more