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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.

 

WATCH: ECPAT UK - Leading the fight against child trafficking in the UK

"When I asked 'Where [is] my money?', they threatened to kill me"- ‘Hung’, from Vietnam, was trafficked into UK and exploited through forced cannabis cultivation.

 

Lord McColl of Dulwich is ECPAT UK’s 2015 Children’s Champion

22 December 2015

ECPAT UK has today recognised leading Parliamentary children’s rights advocate Lord McColl with its 2015 Children’s Champion award. 

As an active member of the House of Lords, Lord McColl has shown immense leadership in advancing the rights of trafficked children during his time in Parliament, helping spearhead calls for a system of legal independent guardianship for child victims of trafficking. 

For more than a decade, Lord McColl has raised his concerns about the lack of specialist support for trafficked children in the UK, tabling amendments to provide child victims of trafficking a legal guardian in several bills, including the Protection of Freedoms Bill (2012), the Children & Families Bill (2013) and the Immigration Bill (2014). In 2010, he tabled a private members bill for a standalone trafficking bill containing a clause for independent child advocates, recognising the specific needs of these vulnerable children.

 

National child trafficking advocate system pushed back

17th December 2015

The Home Office has today rejected pressure from leading children’s charities, including ECPAT UK, to roll out a Child Trafficking Advocate scheme across England and Wales, despite an independent evaluation finding “advocates added value to existing provision, to the satisfaction of the children and most stakeholders”.

More than 150 children took part in the year-long trial of independent advocates in 23 local authority areas across England, which was announced after years of criticism over the UK’s response to trafficked children and a lack of a specialist provision to improve their protection.

 

UK child trafficking cases reach record high

16 December 2015 

The number of child victims of trafficking and modern slavery in the UK soared by 22% in 2014, according to a new report by the National Crime Agency (NCA)

During this time, 732 children were identified as potential victims of trafficking, the highest number recorded since the United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre began estimating the prevalence of the issue in 2011.  

ECPAT UK, a leading children’s rights charity, called the report an urgent wake-up call to all UK government agencies responsible for child protection to do more to identify children at risk of exploitation and to ensure a robust safeguarding response.

 

ECPAT UK calls for ratification of Lanzarote Convention on European Day to End Child Abuse

18 November 2015

©Council of Europe - map of countries that have ratified the Lanzarote ConventionECPAT UK is using the first European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse to renew its call for the UK to ratify the Lanzarote Convention to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse.

 

ECPAT UK warns supply chain guidelines do not do enough to tackle issue of child labour

29 October 2015

ECPAT UK has welcomed new guidance for businesses on complying with the Modern Slavery Act, launched by the UK Home Office today, but stresses that much more needs to be done to end exploitation in supply chains. 

 

Refugee crisis in Europe and the rights of children

20 October 2015

ECPAT UK and its global partners issue a statement on child protection in the context of the current refugee crisis in Europe. 

Recent crises and war in several countries, including Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea among others, have led to tens of thousands of refugees arriving in the European Union via southern Europe and across the Mediterranean Sea. Among them are a significant number of children, some of whom are separated from their families.

 

Guest blog: Failure to adhere to child protection rules puts refugee children at risk on arrival in Europe

Monday 19th October 2015

View of LesvosECPAT UK’s current Children’s Champion, solicitor Kalvir Kaur, recently returned from volunteering in Lesvos. Here she details her concerns that some refugee children arriving in Europe are being left vulnerable to exploitation.

 

Anti-Slavery Day 2015: ECPAT UK and Border Force join together to raise awareness of child trafficking

Friday 16th October 2015

ECPAT UK is teaming up with Border Force staff at Heathrow this weekend to raise awareness of child trafficking through the UK’s busiest airport on the sixth annual Anti-Slavery Day (18 October). 

 

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WATCH: ECPAT UK - Leading the fight against child trafficking in the UK

"When I asked 'Where [is] my money?', they threatened to kill me"- ‘Hung’, from Vietnam, was trafficked into UK and exploited through forced cannabis cultivation.

Lord McColl of Dulwich is ECPAT UK’s 2015 Children’s Champion

22 December 2015

ECPAT UK has today recognised leading Parliamentary children’s rights advocate Lord McColl with its 2015 Children’s Champion award. 

As an active member…

UK child trafficking cases reach record high

16 December 2015 

The number of child victims of trafficking and modern slavery in the UK soared by 22% in 2014, according to a new report by the National Crime Agency (NCA). 

On Universal Children’s Day ECPAT UK calls on all stakeholders to uphold children’s rights

20 November

ECPAT UK is marking Universal Children’s Day (20 November) by calling on business, government, and all other stakeholders to come together to uphold children’s rights.

ECPAT UK calls for ratification of Lanzarote Convention on European Day to End Child Abuse

18 November 2015

ECPAT UK is using the first European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse to renew its call for the UK to ratify the Lanzarote Convention…

Refugee crisis in Europe and the rights of children

20 October 2015

ECPAT UK and its global partners issue a statement on child protection in the context of the current refugee crisis in Europe. 

Recent crises and war in several…