New campaign: Hold online offenders financially accountable for child sexual abuse

19 January 2015

Child victims to claim compensation from online abusersECPAT UK has today launched an online campaign with powerful petition website Care2, calling on Michael Gove MP, UK Secretary of State for Justice, to grant access to recovery funds for child victims of online sexual abuse. 

Modelled on significant legal developments in the United States, the campaign seeks to introduce a financial order to enable child victims of online sexual abuse to claim compensation from their abusers.

Supporters are urged to visit the campaign page, hosted by Care2, to sign the petition.

New campaign: Stop the press revealing identities of Calais children

24 October 2016

UK newspapers are placing refugee children at risk ECPAT UK has launched a campaign calling on the press to stop risking children’s security and inciting discrimination by publishing photographs and personal details about unaccompanied young people arriving in the UK from Calais.

In a story published in The Guardian on Friday, ECPAT UK, along with more than 50 charities in the Refugee Children’s Consortium, said: “The incendiary language used to describe these individual young people, as well as deliberate questioning of their true ages without due care to their safety or lawful processes, has the very real potential to expose these children to abuse, racism and hate crimes whilst in the UK.”

Nearly 4,000 ECPAT UK supporters have supported the call to action within just 48 hours of publication of the petition, but the charity has said there is much more work to do to protect vulnerable refugee children. Supporters are urged to CLICK HERE to sign the petition.

Protect children from trafficking in Scotland

6 August 2015

Trafficking in ScotlandECPAT UK, Walk Free and CARE have launched a campaign calling on the Scottish Government to provide vital support for trafficked children in anti-trafficking legislation. 

Five days from her 18th birthday, ‘Ruby’ escaped her traffickers in Scotland, having endured two violent years of sexual exploitation and ritual abuse.[1] She had to tell her story to professionals 15 times. But after therapy and support from a specialised service, she began to rebuild her life. 

Not all children get access to the support Ruby received. Some trafficked children have been prosecuted for crimes they were forced to commit. Others go missing and are re-trafficked. Many endure years of abuse – but now there is an opportunity to change this. 

Call on the Scottish Government to take steps to protect children in Scotland from trafficking and modern slavery.

Please act now - join our campaign to stop the sexual abuse of children in tourism

Act now - stop the sexual abuse of children in tourismECPAT UK has launched a campaign calling on the UK Foreign Secretary to help stop the sexual abuse of children in tourism by British nationals. 

The campaign initially called for action on the urgent issue of child sexual exploitation at the Brazil World Cup, before expanding the focus to other areas of high incidence of child exploitation and abuse by UK nationals, including Southeast Asia, East Africa and South America.

Sign here to add your name to the growing group of people committed to protecting vulnerable children everywhere.

Guardianship for child victims of trafficking campaign

Who will keep me safeAs part of its Three Small Steps campaign to protect child victims of trafficking, ECPAT UK is calling for a system of guardianship for child victims of trafficking in the UK.

What is a system of guardianship?

A system of guardianship would mean that every child victim of trafficking would have a guardian who would:

- have parental responsibility and provide care and support

- ensure the child receives the educational, medical, practical and legal support they need to help rebuild their lives

- help to prevent them from facing further exploitation or harm from traffickers


Parliamentarians against Human Trafficking

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A European project to establish a network of parliamentarians working to prevent human trafficking


Anti-Trafficking Commissioner campaign

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As part of its Three Small Steps campaign to protect child victims of trafficking, ECPAT UK is calling for the appointment of an independent Anti-Trafficking Commissioner....


Don't derail modern slavery fight, anti-trafficking campaigners urge Prime Minister

18 November 2014

ECPAT campaign for European justice against traffickingUPDATE: Last week, MPs voted overwhelmingly for the UK to keep vital powers that help fight transnational child exploitation and trafficking.

Thanks to the help of more than 2,000 ECPAT UK supporters, the Prime Minister and Members of Parliament heard just how powerful European provisions such as Joint Investigations Teams are in helping us clamp down on cross-border crimes of modern slavery.

Three Small Steps to protect child victims of trafficking

Three Small StepsThe Three Small Steps Campaign was launched in 2007 by ECPAT UK and World Vision UK. Following a number of successful outcomes for the campaign, ECPAT UK relaunched the campaign in 2009 focusing on new aims and objectives, calling for safe accommodation, guardianship and the introduction of a National Rapporteur on trafficking.


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