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It's a Penalty
It's a Penalty works collaboratively to end human trafficking, exploitation and abuse. We run local and global education and awareness campaigns highlighting penalties for offenders, the signs to look out for, and how to make a report.Our Student Ambassador Programme educates and empowers UK university students to prevent human trafficking, the world's fastest growing crime.

It’s a Penalty’s Student Ambassador Programme provides UK university students with a highly flexible and impactful volunteering opportunity. As a Student Ambassador, you’ll support us to achieve our mission of ending abuse, exploitation and human trafficking. Human trafficking is the world’s fastest growing crime so your involvement will make an important difference to your local community and wider society. You’ll also develop important skills and experience to enhance your employability.

After completing our core training, you’ll engage other students, university staff and/or your local community through awareness raising, change making and/or fundraising challenges of your choice. We recommend student ambassadors complete one individual challenge and one team challenge per term.

We’ll provide you with regular advice and support, high-quality training, recognition of your achievements and opportunities to get involved in the wider work of the charity. You’ll form part of a local group of student ambassadors at your university and gain skills in teamwork, leadership, advocacy, event planning, marketing, time management and more!

Time Commitment: Averaging roughly 1 or 2 hours per week, which can be done flexibly to fit around your other commitments.


  • Plan and undertake individual and team challenges
  • Educate students, university staff and the wider community on human trafficking, exploitation and abuse
  • Advocate for change to make your campus and city slavery-free
  • Fundraise vital funds to save lives
  • Communicate effectively with It’s a Penalty staff
  • Complete required training to better understand modern slavery
  • Support other Student Ambassadors at your university
  • Support the wider work of It’s a Penalty
Who will the volunteers be working with?
We have a dedicated staff team of experts to support you through your volunteering journey and you can book a meeting with us at any time. We also encourage Student Ambassadors to meet with other volunteers at their university, particularly for organising team challenges.
All Student Ambassadors are required to complete our core training on modern slavery awareness as part of their induction. We then have additional optional training on topics such as campaigning, active bystander and healthcare-specific modern slavery.

Time commitment

We can be highly flexible and this role can be made to fit around your other commitments with no commitment to regular days or times required. We recommend a minimum commitment of one term, averaging 1 to 2 hours per week.

This organisation is one of our community partner organisations.

Like all volunteer recruiters we work with, they have signed up to our service standards, agreeing to abide by our policy on partnership working to keep you safe and supported whilst you volunteer.

You’ll never be out of pocket for volunteering through us – with in-London travel expenses to and from your volunteering guaranteed.

In addition, the team here at Students’ Union UCL Volunteering Service is here to support you throughout your volunteering journey – you can get in touch with us at any time.