We are fundraising for Thrive, a new support service provided as part of the ECPAT UK Youth Programme, offering one-to-one and group therapy sessions for young people who are victims of trafficking and exploitation.

On 15th June as part of the Big Give Champions for Children campaign week, we invited supporters to join us and learn more about the importance of creating safe, therapeutic spaces for young people who have experienced trauma; promoting wellbeing and providing mental health support.

The event was hosted at Doughty Street Chambers by Patricia Durr, CEO who was joined in conversation by:

  • Claire Hubberstey, CEO, One Small Thing charity working to reform the justice system through promoting trauma informed approaches
  • Silvia Nicolaou Garcia, Senior Associate Solicitor and Elizabeth Smith, Solicitor  in Public Law at Simpson Millar who specialise in assisting victims of trafficking, unaccompanied minors and vulnerable adults
  • ECPAT Youth Advisory Group member and artist TB with Elias Matar ECPAT UK Youth Programme Manager
  • Julia Aaisha, musician, music psychologist and teacher and Founder & Director of Made2Measure Opera and Unity Music

The discussion reflected on: 

  • the importance of trauma-informed and culturally sensitive approaches
  • the role that creativity and expression play in promoting recovery
  • why young people must have access to mental health support when they need it
  • how to celebrate and champion better mental health support so that everyone can THRIVE!

Click here to learn more about ECPAT UK's plans for the Thrive project.