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Northern Ireland pioneers legal guardianship for trafficked children

20 January 2015

ECPAT UK guardianshp campaignNorthern Ireland has become the first country in the UK to introduce legal guardianship for trafficked and separated children, marking a major campaign success for ECPAT UK.

This week the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill in Northern Ireland, which began as a Private Member’s Bill from Lord Morrow, was given Royal Assent.

ECPAT UK worked closely with the Law Centre (NI) and Commissioner for Children and Young People to ensure an amendment to the Bill on legal guardianship was successfully included and passed, including delivering a keynote speech to Lord Morrow and a group of key partners in Belfast in September 2014.

 

ECPAT UK renews call to ratify European convention on sexual exploitation

19 January 2015

Accessible cover to COE ConventionThe UK must demonstrate its commitment to combat the sexual abuse of children in travel and tourism by ratifying the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (Lanzarote Convention), according to an updated briefing by ECPAT UK

Recent high profile cases have highlighted the UK Government’s continuing failure to protect children worldwide from British travelling sex offenders.

In their latest updated briefing, ECPAT UK says the UK must immediately ratify the Lanzarote Convention to reinforce efforts to prevent child sexual abuse abroad and to promote greater international cooperation to bring offenders to justice across borders.

 

Pan-European initiative empowers young people across borders to address online abuse

5 January 2015

ECPAT Make IT Safe Peer Experts at the conference in BrusselsMore than one hundred young people and experts throughout Europe have joined together to develop new youth-led responses to the surge in global online abuse, according to ECPAT partners in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands and the UK, announcing the successful completion of a two-year digital citizenship project.

The project, entitled Make IT Safe, has provided a successful template of grassroots approaches to the immense challenges posed by offenders who ruthlessly exploit new technologies, including mobile phone apps, social media sites and the hidden recesses of the dark web, to abuse children.

 

Campaign spotlight: Child trafficking and the Modern Slavery Bill

22 December 2014

Thank you to everyone for your overwhelming support in 2014 to help protect trafficked children. To close the year, we repost here a campaign film on identifying and supporting child victims of trafficking, featuring Chloe Setter, Head of Advocacy, Policy & Campaigns, and Debbie Beadle, Head of Youth Development. 

 

UK offender Simon Harris found guilty of child sexual abuse in Kenya

16 December 2014 

A Birmingham court has today found former public school teacher and overseas charity executive Simon Harris guilty of seven sexual offences against children while working in Kenya. 

Leading children’s rights charity ECPAT UK has welcomed the conviction of the offender under rarely used extraterritorial powers in the UK’s sexual offences legislation. Bharti Patel, CEO of ECPAT UK, said: “Bringing Simon Harris to justice, finally, following abuse against vulnerable children in the UK and Kenya in the 80s and 90s, is a positive outcome and we commend the justice system here in the UK.

 

Only bold action can do justice to 25-year legacy of the UNCRC

20 November 2014 

Bharti Patel & Ryan Mahan, ECPAT UK

Twenty-five years ago, global leaders made a promise to guarantee all children and young people aged 17 and under a comprehensive set of rights. In this landmark text, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child called upon governments around the world to uphold their responsibility to protect children from violence, abuse and neglect, and to ensure that children are provided a standard of care to enable each child to flourish long into the future. 

Looking back, there is much to be proud of -- the Convention has changed the way children are viewed and treated. Rather than passive objects of care and charity, children were to be seen for the first time in international convention as human beings with a distinct set of rights.

 

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Northern Ireland pioneers legal guardianship for trafficked children

20 January 2015

Northern Ireland has become the first country in the UK to introduce legal guardianship for trafficked and separated children, marking a major campaign success for ECPAT UK.

ECPAT UK renews call to ratify European convention on sexual exploitation

19 January 2015

The UK must demonstrate its commitment to combat the sexual abuse of children in travel and tourism by ratifying the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children…

Pan-European initiative empowers young people across borders to address online abuse

5 January 2015

More than one hundred young people and experts throughout Europe have joined together to develop new youth-led responses to the surge in global online abuse, according to ECPAT…

Campaign spotlight: Child trafficking and the Modern Slavery Bill

22 December 2014

Thank you to everyone for your overwhelming support in 2014 to help protect trafficked children. To close the year, we repost here a campaign film on identifying and supporting…

UK offender Simon Harris found guilty of child sexual abuse in Kenya

16 December 2014 

A Birmingham court has today found former public school teacher and overseas charity executive Simon Harris guilty of seven sexual offences against children while working…

Young leaders promote responsible digital citizenship at ECPAT conference

19 November 2014

Young people from across the European Union shared their recommendations for improved digital citizenship amongst children and young people at the final Make IT…