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ECPAT UK is active in research, campaigning and lobbying government to prevent child exploitation and protect children in tourism and child victims of trafficking.

 

Urgent action needed to tackle rise in child trafficking, ECPAT UK warns

30th September 2014

Modern slavery in the UK has risen by 22% in the past year, with at least 602 potential child victims of trafficking being identified in 2013 and many more children going undiscovered, according to official figures released today.

ECPAT UK warned that the statistics, from the National Crime Agency’s UK Human Trafficking Centre, were only indicative of a much wider problem and that urgent action was needed to prevent child trafficking, protect its victims and prosecute those abusing children in the UK and overseas.

 

Inadequate response by UK Government to sexual abuse of children by British nationals overseas

27 September 2014

The persistence of British offenders implicated in, and convicted of, sexual abuse of children abroad raises serious questions over the UK Government’s response to transnational child abuse, leading children’s rights charity ECPAT UK has said on World Tourism Day.   

Recent Government figures, published in Hansard (21 July 2014), show an increase in the numbers of British nationals convicted of sexual offences against children within the EU and outside the EU, as notified to the Association of Chief Police Officers’ Criminal Records Office (ACRO).

 

ECPAT UK speaks out on modern slavery in Government film campaign

16 September 2014

“Modern slavery is closer than you think”, a new Government film campaign featuring ECPAT UK has warned. 

The film enlists leading children’s charities and human rights defenders, including ECPAT UK, to encourage professionals and the public to recognise the signs to help stop modern slavery and trafficking in the UK.

 

Inaction over Rotherham trafficking highlights culture of impunity

1 September 2014

Chloe Setter
Head of Policy, Advocacy & Campaigns (Child Trafficking), ECPAT UK

The latest scandal of another UK town’s failure to respond adequately to widespread sexual exploitation of its children highlights an endemic issue across the United Kingdom. In communities throughout our country, including Oxford, Rochdale and Newcastle, we have been confronted with overwhelming evidence of repeated and multiple failures to prevent child abuse and protect children.

 

Child victims file landmark claim against abuser’s employer

30 July 2014 

Pilot Simon Wood is alleged to have abused children during stopovers in East Africa.British Airways should be liable for abuses against children carried out by British pilot Simon Wood through charitable activities sponsored by the airline in East Africa, leading law firm Leigh Day has said today.

The pending case is lauded as a watershed moment for the rights of child victims abused by British nationals abroad to seek justice and reparations through British courts. 

 

Coalition of charities publishes Alternative Modern Slavery Bill

22nd July 2014

Influential anti-trafficking NGO coalitionThe UK Government’s claim that it will produce a ‘world-leading Modern Slavery Bill’ has been challenged by a group of leading anti-trafficking charities, including ECPAT UK, who today published an ‘Alternative Bill’ highlighting deficiencies in the legislation.

The influential Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG), led by NGOs representing the interests of children and adult victims of trafficking and modern-day slavery, is proposing alternate legislation, with assistance from a group of expert lawyers, in order to assist Parliament in strengthening the Modern Slavery Bill that is currently before Parliament.

 

Court says legal aid residence test proposals are 'unlawful'

Legal Aid Reforms15 July 2014

A court has today stated that the Government’s plans to introduce a ‘residence test’ for civil legal aid is unlawful, following a hard-hitting campaign supported by ECPAT UK.

In today’s judgement, a specially convened  three-judge Divisional court unanimously said the proposals, to prevent those who could not prove 12 months’ lawful residence in the UK from accessing legal aid, amounted to unlawful discrimination and said the Lord Chancellor did not have the legal power to introduce such a test.

 

Guardianship fundamental to child protection systems across Europe, says expert agency

8 July 2014

Guardianship helps curb trafficking and abuseA leading EU human rights body, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), has released guidance supporting improved guardianship systems across the European Union. The handbook recognises the vital role guardians play in protecting all children from trafficking, abuse and exploitation, citing guardianship systems as fundamental to improving Member State child protection strategies.

ECPAT UK influenced the production of the guidance, accepting an invitation from the FRA to join influential non-governmental organisations (NGOs), practitioners and representatives of responsible authorities in discussions on the draft documents.

 

Inadequate support for children abused by British nationals abroad, ECPAT UK roundtable finds

Hugh Davies discusses the UK's response to child sexual abuse in tourismOn 4 June 2014, ECPAT UK, as part of its work on transnational child abuse, brought together national and international experts recognised for their work on human rights of child victims of abuse, child trafficking and abusive images of children to discuss the issue of justice and support for children who are victims of abuse by British nationals travelling or residing outside the UK.

The seminar revealed the challenges in the UK’s response to victim protection in other jurisdictions, particularly with regard to identification and protection of victims during the investigation and prosecution process and beyond. Discussions focused on necessary measures to ensure that child victims of abuse by UK nationals in other jurisdictions receive the support and assistance they require for their rehabilitation, restitution and compensation.

 

ECPAT UK hosts conference on trafficking for forced criminality in London

5th June 2014

RACELondonECPAT UK, as part of the ground-breaking RACE in Europe Project, hosted a European training seminar for frontline practitioners from 12 countries on the issue of forced criminality and forced begging in London on 28th to 30th May.

Trafficking experts from the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Romania, Lithuania, France, Denmark, Norway, Poland, the Czech Republic and Austria took part in the first event of its kind in the UK. 

 

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Urgent action needed to tackle rise in child trafficking, ECPAT UK warns

30th September 2014

Modern slavery in the UK has risen by 22% in the past year, with at least 602 potential child victims of trafficking being identified in 2013 and many more children going undiscovered,…

Inadequate response by UK Government to sexual abuse of children by British nationals overseas

27 September 2014

The persistence of British offenders implicated in, and convicted of, sexual abuse of children abroad raises serious questions over the UK Government’s response…

ECPAT UK speaks out on modern slavery in Government film campaign

16 September 2014

“Modern slavery is closer than you think”, a new Government film campaign featuring ECPAT UK has warned. 

The film enlists leading children’s…

Child victims file landmark claim against abuser’s employer

30 July 2014 

British Airways should be liable for abuses against children carried out by British pilot Simon Wood through charitable activities sponsored by the airline in East Africa,…

Coalition of charities publishes Alternative Modern Slavery Bill

22nd July 2014

The UK Government’s claim that it will produce a ‘world-leading Modern Slavery Bill’ has been challenged by a group of leading anti-trafficking charities, including ECPAT…

Court says legal aid residence test proposals are 'unlawful'

15 July 2014

A court has today stated that the Government’s plans to introduce a ‘residence test’ for civil legal aid is unlawful, following a hard-hitting campaign supported by ECPAT UK.

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