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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.

 

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.

 

British Airways to compensate children sexually abused by pilot

14 March 2016

Stop child sexual abuse in tourism Thirty eight children and young adults will be compensated by British Airways for sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of notorious child abuser and British Airways pilot, Simon Wood.

During British Airways stopovers in Kenya and Uganda between 2001 and 2013, Wood abused children and young women when they were aged between four and eighteen in schools and orphanages. 

ECPAT UK, a leading children’s rights charity campaigning for two decades to stop transnational child sexual abuse and child trafficking, welcomed the decision by British Airways to settle the claim and called on business to strengthen child protection policies to identify and prevent child sexual abuse, child trafficking and modern slavery associated with their operations overseas.

 

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.

 

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. 

 

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Europe’s child protection shortcomings could deepen unaccompanied children crisis

4 May 2016

Serious 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,…

British Airways to compensate children sexually abused by pilot

14 March 2016

Thirty eight children and young adults will be compensated by British Airways for sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of notorious child abuser and British Airways pilot,…

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

23 February 2016

Victims 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…

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. 

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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).