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ECPAT UK launches new e-learning course on child trafficking and modern slavery

ECPAT e-learning course on child traffickingECPAT UK has launched a new e-learning course for all professionals who may come into contact with children, young people or adults who have been trafficked. 

Designed in partnership with award winning e-learning provider Virtual College, the course supports frontline staff to meet their professional safeguarding responsibilities and recognise the rights of child and adult victims of trafficking.

Learners will be taken on an interactive journey to examine and understand different types of exploitation, how individuals become victims to abuse and what actions professionals should take to identify victims and help them.

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Convicted Dorset offender raped and abused children in the Philippines

10 August 2016

UK travelling offenders are rarely convicted under extra-territorial lawECPAT UK has welcomed the conviction of Dorset abuser, David Shepherd, on 13 charges of child sexual abuse in the Philippines. 

The leading children’s rights charity commended local Dorset Police for pursuing the extra-territorial case to its conclusion and helping secure conviction on counts including the rape of a child under 13 and taking indecent photographs of a child. 

ECPAT UK said UK leaders must follow the lead of local investigators and act swiftly to reverse their astonishingly low rates of monitoring, prosecuting and convicting UK offenders who travel abroad and sexually abuse children.

 

UK laws fail to stop Britons sexually abusing children abroad

12 July 2016

Children are at risk to sexual exploitationA new ECPAT UK expert paper has said that UK legislation is largely ineffective to protect children abroad from travelling UK sex offenders.

Despite the UK's strengthened legal powers to combat child sexual exploitation, children abroad remain acutely vulnerable to UK travelling abusers, the paper argues, due to weak extraterritorial provisions and limited UK investigative collaboration with EU and international law enforcement.

The paper, entitled Developments in the UK’s Response to Child Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation, calls for strengthened multi-agency international cooperation, mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse offences by UK offenders abroad and the establishment of a national investigation unit to tackle extraterritorial child sexual abuse. 

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‘Luxembourg Guidelines' on terminology a step forward in the fight against child sexual exploitation

Luxembourg GuidelinesA new ECPAT report aimed at improving the terminology used around child sexual exploitation has been launched in order to strengthen the global response to the issue.

The ‘Terminology Guidelines for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse', otherwise known as the ‘Luxembourg Guidelines’, aim to foster consensus among stakeholders on terminology relating to child sexual exploitation for use in policy documents, programming, legislation, advocacy, and communications.

 

Wake-up call needed over abuse of children abroad, ECPAT UK warns

British national Richard Huckle is seen after his arrest on multiple charges of sexual abuse of children in an image handed out by Britain's National Crime Agency June 2, 2016.    NCA/Handout via REUTERSECPAT UK is urgently calling for better protection for children abroad from British sex offenders, following the trial of a Kent man who investigators believe abused hundreds of children, mostly those from poor communities in Malaysia.

Richard Huckle, 30, admitted 71 child sex offence charges committed against victims aged between six months and 12 years old between 2006 and 2014, which involved the abuse of 23 children in Kuala Lumpur. More than 20,000 child abuse images were found on his computer. 

 

No country immune to child sexual exploitation, study finds

12 May 2016

ECPAT global studyMore children are at risk of sexual exploitation than ever before, particularly in travel and tourism, a two-year global study by ECPAT has revealed today. 

The report, entitled Offenders on the Move: Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism 2016, has found that an increase in global tourism and improved accessibility of information technology have escalated the threat of sexual exploitation in every country in the world.

Children in the UK and Europe, long seen as source countries for travelling child sex offenders, have also experienced an increased risk of sexual abuse by foreign and in-country travelling offenders.

 

Europe’s child protection shortcomings could deepen unaccompanied children crisis

4 May 2016

Children's clothes at a refugee campSerious shortcomings in the identification of and support for unaccompanied and trafficked children across the UK and Europe continue to endanger thousands of vulnerable young people, a leading children’s rights charity has said today.

In a written evidence statement, ECPAT UK said unaccompanied children in Europe, already placed in precarious conditions of what one charity has described as “absolute desperation”, are at an increased risk of trafficking, exploitation and missing due to a host of pan-European child protection failures.

A lack of a coordinated response and the failure to systematically collect data on and identify trafficked and unaccompanied children means there is little understanding of these risks, leaving children deprived of rights that could assist to protect them and create durable solutions for their futures.

 

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"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.

 

Trafficking victims who have children are “systematically overlooked”, new report says

23 February 2016

ATMG report on victims of trafficking who are pregnant or who have childrenVictims of trafficking who are pregnant or have children are ‘systematically overlooked’ in the UK’s anti-trafficking response, according to a new report by the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG), a coalition of twelve UK-based charities, including ECPAT UK. 

According to the report, entitled Time to deliver, victims of trafficking who are pregnant or who have children do not have access to specialist support, including safe and appropriate accommodation, childcare, specialist healthcare and support for their children.

Pregnancy and parenthood can have a profound impact on the physical and psychological wellbeing of trafficking victims. For some women, particularly those whose pregnancy is as a result of rape, their child may be a constant reminder of their past exploitation.

 

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.

 

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ECPAT UK launches new e-learning course on child trafficking and modern slavery

ECPAT UK has launched a new e-learning course for all professionals who may come into contact with children, young people or adults who have been trafficked. 

Designed in partnership with…

Convicted Dorset offender raped and abused children in the Philippines

10 August 2016

ECPAT UK has welcomed the conviction of Dorset abuser, David Shepherd, on 13 charges of child sexual abuse in the Philippines. 

The leading children’s rights…

UK laws fail to stop Britons sexually abusing children abroad

12 July 2016

A new ECPAT UK expert paper has said that UK legislation is largely ineffective to protect children abroad from travelling UK sex offenders.

Despite the UK's strengthened…

Scaling mountains to fight child trafficking

For the second year running, two teams from internet hosting provider HEG completed the daunting Ben Nevis Challenge to raise thousands of pounds for ECPAT UK's work to tackle child exploitation and trafficking…

Wake-up call needed over abuse of children abroad, ECPAT UK warns

ECPAT UK is urgently calling for better protection for children abroad from British sex offenders, following the trial of a Kent man who investigators believe abused hundreds of children, mostly those…

No country immune to child sexual exploitation, study finds

12 May 2016

More children are at risk of sexual exploitation than ever before, particularly in travel and tourism, a two-year global study by ECPAT has revealed today. 

The…