New Training Centre for Children Who Have Been Trafficked

Iranian Refugees Action Network welcomes the new ECPAT UK National Training Centre in central London offers a comprehensive training programme that supports and develops good practice in safeguarding children.

ECPAT's new National Centre

Training is based on up-to-date research and evidence, such as case law, the experiences of children, government guidance and legislation.
Courses include:
•Safeguarding Children: an Introduction to Child Trafficking
•Safeguarding Children: an Advanced course on Child Trafficking
•The Trafficked Children Toolkit developed by the London Safeguarding Children Board
There are also thematic seminars on issues such as:
•Good practice in risk assessments
•Good practice in age assessments
•Social networking
•Private fostering
•Children’s rights
Bespoke sessions – includes topics such as:
•Creative therapy for children
•The health needs of children who may have been trafficked
•The impact of trauma and abuse
•Caring for a child who may have been trafficked
•Identifying and meeting the needs of children who may have been trafficked
•Protecting children in the UK and overseas
For further details, or to make a booking, please email training@ecpat.org.uk or telephone 0207 233 9887. Click on a course for a booking form.

Training is coordinated by ECPAT UK’s training manager, Karen Sizeland – a qualified social worker, trainer and children’s advocate. She has wide experience of working child protection, including: in a local authority Children and Families Team; as a child protection officer at the NSPCC; as a freelance advocate for two national children’s charities; and as a training manager for an independent fostering agency.

Alongside Karen, ECPAT UK’s project officer, Kalvir Kaur – a solicitor of nine years’ post-qualification experience – will also deliver training. Kalvir has extensive experience with separated children and victims of trafficking, and is an experienced trainer, having delivered training to legal representatives and NGOs. Her abilities were recognised when, in 2008, she received the Immigration Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award. 

Kalvir is renowned for her ability to effectively interview child victims of trafficking and is an advisory member of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) Refugee Children’s Project, a trainer for the ILPA and co-author of ‘Working with refugee children: current issues in best practice’, which was published in May 2011.

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