Every Child Protected Against Trafficking (ECPAT UK) is a leading children's rights organisation working to protect children from trafficking and transnational exploitation. We support children everywhere to uphold their rights and to live a life free from abuse and exploitation.

Our vision

Children everywhere are free from exploitation, trafficking and modern slavery

Our mission

To improve legislation, policy to end child trafficking and transnational child exploitation

To improve the child protection response of professionals in the UK and overseas

To ensure that children affected by exploitation are agents of change and part of the solution

Our work

Policy, advocacy and campaigns

We mobilise the public and lobby governments to:

  • improve legislation, policy and practice to protect children
  • prevent child trafficking
  • implement tougher action against those who abuse children. 

Youth work

We directly support children who have been trafficked and provide expertise in children's cases.


We deliver rights-based, practical training to build the capacity of professionals and agencies working with children. 


We monitor the issue and publish cutting-edge research on child trafficking and exploitation, informed by our direct work with trafficked children and the professionals who support them.

Awareness raising

We work in partnership with various organisations to build a common understanding and to enhance expertise on protecting children from commercial sexual exploitation of children in tourism. 

Policy development and legal reform

We work with children's rights organisations, anti-trafficking NGOs, child protection agencies, communities and governments to identify strategies to combat child trafficking and the exploitation of children in tourism.