New resource: Guide for creating a child trafficking and modern slavery policy
Two brand new resources are available to help frontline professionals and members of the public understand child trafficking and ensure victims can access their right to support. Child trafficking and modern slavery policy guide is a tool to help local authorities create or update their child trafficking and modern slavery policy. Produced as part of Partnership Against Child Trafficking (PACT) project, the comprehensive guide will help local authorities create policies that ensure child victims are protected and supported. Read more
Updated FAQs on child trafficking
New resource updated FAQs on child trafficking. Originally developed five years ago as a comprehensive tool to enhance knowledge, understanding and support for child victims, the publication has become an essential resource for practitioners, campaigners, policy makers and the general public. The FAQs have been updated to reflect emerging trends in child trafficking and exploitation, and changes to legislation, policy and practice. The FAQs are an accessible resource that anyone can use to inform themselves about child trafficking and children’s rights. Read more
Campaign update: guardianship for #allchildren
Following a report on child trafficking advocates published as part of the review of the Modern Slavery Act, ECPAT UK joined forces with 43 other organisations including UNICEF UK, the Refugee Council and The Children’s Society to send a letter to Home Secretary Sajid Javid, urging him to provide independent guardians for all separated, unaccompanied and trafficked children in the UK. All trafficked, unaccompanied and separated children must have access to an independent guardian to help them navigate the many complex systems they face. Take action now and demand guardianship for #allchildren
ECPAT UK welcomes funding to protect children abroad from sexual exploitation
Following the landmark Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) in which ECPAT UK played a central role as core participant, the Department for International Development (DFID) has committed to funding to ensure children abroad are protected from British sex offenders. While the funding is welcome, a comprehensive national plan must be implemented to tackle the issue. “The last time there was a national plan of action on this form of child exploitation by UK nationals was in 2001. Two decades on, it is long overdue and imperative that the government implements a national plan to ensure a robust and coordinated approach by all agencies,” said ECPAT UK’s Laura Durán. Read more
Children and young people who have been trafficked have complex needs and require consistent, long-term support to help them recover and move on from their experiences.

*Name changed to protect the young person’s identity

Traffiking:  There are more people in slavery in the world today than in the entire 350 year history of the slave trade. One in eight is in Europe; at least 10,000 of those are in the UK and over 1,000 of them are children.

Human trafficking has overtaken even drugs trafficking in terms of scale. It is a global issue and the consequences for its victims are dire.