Training and Workshops

ECPAT NZ provides public and in-house training to governmental and non-governmental organisations, frontline professionals, and the general public on issues relating to the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

Our training programme is a core part of our awareness raising work across Aotearoa. We aim to provide options for in-house trainings that can be tailored to your team’s needs, and open, public trainings both online and in person. Specific trainings offered can vary year to year with fluctuating grant funding, so reach out to our Engagement team if you’d like to discuss details.

Our content covers:

  • An introduction to child sexual exploitation
  • Types of exploitation: grooming, survival sex, child sexual abuse material, and trafficking
  • The Aotearoa context
  • What to look for
  • Barriers to disclosure
  • Trauma informed responsiveness

If you would like us to deliver something specific to your team/role/group, please reach out. We can tailor our training to the needs of parents, health workers, police, concerned community members or any other group of relevant attendees. We have experience delivering training for government agencies, (including at NZ Police College, Oranga Tamariki and Ministry of Health NZ) and for financial institutions.

88% of those who filled out our post-workshop survey strongly agreed that they are now more familiar with the risk factors which contribute or lead to the sexual exploitation of young people.

What people say about our training

“Thank you very much for coming to our team hui, it has created a lot of discussion within the team, and it was great training. So worthwhile and as we were discussing a case this morning, we talked about how we can understand, now, why some children can be groomed when things are not great at home.”

“We had very positive feedback from our team. Some said that without this training, they wouldn’t have known how much of an issue this is in NZ; that this is not just an overseas thing. One said that she had come across cases in the past with indications of SEC but had no idea that she could contact ECPAT NZ for guidance/information.”

“I learned that the issue at hand is a nationwide problem. There are a lot of angles that are not brought up in the fight to help children against these predators. This workshop taught me a lot about these uncomfortable angles.”

“The training made me realise that exploitation covers a far larger scope than I had originally thought.”

Our Aim

We aim to provide subsidised trainings and workshops so that cost is not a barrier. Many thanks to our grant funders for making this possible: Foundation North, JR Mckenzie Trust, Lotteries NZ, COGS, and Bryant Trust.