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Finance Officer

We are currently recruiting a Finance Officer to contribute to the sound management of ECPAT UK by providing specialist skills in accounts, payroll and financial reporting. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday, 31st March 2017

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We have relocated! Our new office address is: 

ECPAT UK
Thomas Clarkson House
The Stable Yard
Broomgrove Road
London
SW9 9TL 

Please note we are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our phone systems. If you have an urgent enquiry, please call 07402 113985

 

#LostinMigration exposes desperate circumstances for lone migrant children in Europe

1 March 2017

Lost in Migration

An influential coalition of children’s’ rights charities, including ECPAT UK, have today called on EU and national ministers to end the disappearance, suffering and exploitation of children in migration.

The call today arises from recommendations made at the Lost in Migration conference earlier this year, hosted by Missing Children Europe and the Maltese President's Foundation.

At the conference, 160 professionals from across Europe took stock of the situation and the current challenges of this children’s rights crisis, making 17 recommendations essential to improving the situation of migrant children in Europe who frequently go missing.

 

British child abuser guilty of 45 crimes against Thai and UK children

01 February 2017

Mark FrostSerial child abuser, and retired English teacher, Mark Frost, formerly Andrew Tracey, has pleaded guilty to 45 counts of rape and sexual assault of children in the UK and Thailand, in what has been called by prosecutors as one of most serious cases in British court history. 

Authorities have identified more than 10 child victims across two continents. The NCA’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre in the UK expects more potential victims to come forward after details of the case were released today. 

A global effort involving UK, Canadian, Thai, Dutch and Spanish authorities finally led to his capture and extradition under a European Arrest Warrant in 2016.

 

Scottish Guardianship Service named ECPAT UK’s 2016 Children’s Champion

19 January 2017

Children's Champion 2016ECPAT UK has today announced the Scottish Guardianship Service as the recipient of the 2016 Children’s Champion award.

The award is made in recognition of the Scottish Guardianship Service’s child-centred model of practice with unaccompanied, separated and trafficked children in Scotland.

The support the service provides to young vulnerable asylum-seeking children, some of whom are trafficked and exploited in Scotland, is unrivalled in the United Kingdom, serving as a template to help campaigners secure broadly commensurate systems in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and England and Wales.

 

BBC to feature ECPAT UK in latest charity appeal

17 January 2017

BBC Lifeline presenter Anita RaniECPAT UK’s work to stop child trafficking, modern slavery and sexual abuse in tourism will be featured in the latest BBC Lifeline Appeal film, airing this Sunday at 16:15 on BBC One.

The Lifeline Appeal highlights the transformative power of ECPAT UK’s campaigning and youth work, featuring the stories of two youth group members on the path to rebuilding their lives with ECPAT UK after enduring years of exploitation and abuse in domestic servitude in London.

Presenter Anita Rani, famed Countryfile co-host and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant, said: "It's hard to imagine just how lonely and damaging the experiences of being trafficked are for children, but there is something you can do, support ECPAT UK.”

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT HOW TO SUPPORT THE APPEAL

 

Alarming number of trafficked children going missing from care - new ECPAT UK report

We are nobody in this country.” – Trafficked child interviewed for new ECPAT UK and Missing People report

Heading back to harm ECPAT UK report on trafficking and missingTrafficked and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are going missing from UK care at an “alarmingly high” rate, leading charities ECPAT UK and Missing People have said in a new report released today.

The report, entitled Heading back to harm: A study on trafficked and unaccompanied children going missing from care in the UK, has found that more than a quarter of all trafficked children and over 500 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children went missing at least once in the year to September 2015, while 207 have not been found.

Data collected from 217 local authorities across the UK reveals a “deeply concerning” inconsistency in identifying and recording information on these vulnerable children, with many unable to report on overall numbers of trafficked and unaccompanied children in their care.

 

The inspirational story of ECPAT UK’s award-winning youth leader, Debbie Beadle

14 December 2016

Debbie Beadle, ECPAT UK's award-winning youth leaderThe Child 10 Summit 2016 has presented ECPAT UK’s Debbie Beadle, Head of Youth Development, with an award recognising her bold leadership working with innovative solutions to protect children and their rights. 

When Debbie joined ECPAT UK, a leading children’s charity campaigning against child trafficking and child sexual exploitation, as a community trainer in 2006, she saw an opportunity to give young victims a voice.

“I noticed that the voice of the young people who have experienced exploitation, and what ECPAT are fighting against, was missing,” says Debbie Beadle.

 

Special edition children's clothing range launched to support ECPAT UK

ECPAT UK clothing rangeSpeciality children’s clothing retailers, The Great British Baby Company, have today launched a special edition clothing range to support ECPAT UK.

All profits from the new range of children’s silk neck ties, bowties and girl’s neck bows will be donated to help ECPAT UK continue its work to protect children from child trafficking and exploitation. 

ECPAT UK CEO Bharti Patel said, “We are extremely grateful for the support of The Great British Baby Company in the fight against child trafficking. This partnership, and their contribution, will help ECPAT UK take one step closer to realising our vision of a world where every child is free from trafficking and sexual exploitation.”

 

New campaign: Stop the press revealing identities of Calais children

24 October 2016

UK newspapers are placing refugee children at risk ECPAT UK has launched a campaign calling on the press to stop risking children’s security and inciting discrimination by publishing photographs and personal details about unaccompanied young people arriving in the UK from Calais.

In a story published in The Guardian on Friday, ECPAT UK, along with more than 50 charities in the Refugee Children’s Consortium, said: “The incendiary language used to describe these individual young people, as well as deliberate questioning of their true ages without due care to their safety or lawful processes, has the very real potential to expose these children to abuse, racism and hate crimes whilst in the UK.”

Nearly 4,000 ECPAT UK supporters have supported the call to action within just 48 hours of publication of the petition, but the charity has said there is much more work to do to protect vulnerable refugee children. Supporters are urged to CLICK HERE to sign the petition.

 

UK should listen to ECPAT UK on trafficked children’s rights, experts say

11 October 2016

The Dark Figure photography project on modern slaveryA new report by the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has again urged the United Kingdom to improve protection of child victims of trafficking.

Despite some improvements, the UK continues to fail to identify trafficked children and prevent them from going missing from local authority care, according to GRETA.

The report provides strong evidence and support for ECPAT UK’s campaigns, calling on the UK government to take steps to address the problem of children going missing from local authority care and ensure that possible child victims of trafficking are assigned a legal guardian as expeditiously as possible.

 

ECPAT UK launches national anti-trafficking initiative for foster carers

1 October 2016

ECPAT UK trainingThe Department for Education has enlisted ECPAT UK and the Refugee Council to train foster carers and support workers across England to improve the care of separated children seeking asylum and child victims of trafficking. 

The training programme has been established in response to record increases in the numbers of child trafficking victims in the UK and disturbing trends in the numbers of separated children going missing from care. 

ECPAT UK and its partners will deliver 60 four-hour interactive training courses to foster carers and accommodation support workers across England, equipping participants with the knowledge and tools to respond to the challenges and risks facing unaccompanied and trafficked children.

The course is free and professionals are encouraged to book early to guarantee a place on this in-demand event. CLICK HERE to register for the training.

 

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Latest updates

#LostinMigration exposes desperate circumstances for lone migrant children in Europe

1 March 2017

An influential coalition of children’s’ rights charities, including ECPAT UK, have today called on EU and national ministers to end the disappearance, suffering…

British child abuser guilty of 45 crimes against Thai and UK children

01 February 2017

Serial child abuser, and retired English teacher, Mark Frost, formerly Andrew Tracey, has pleaded guilty to 45 counts of rape and sexual assault of children in the UK and Thailand,…

Scottish Guardianship Service named ECPAT UK’s 2016 Children’s Champion

19 January 2017

ECPAT UK has today announced the Scottish Guardianship Service as the recipient of the 2016 Children’s Champion award.

The award is made in recognition of the Scottish…

BBC to feature ECPAT UK in latest charity appeal

17 January 2017

ECPAT UK’s work to stop child trafficking, modern slavery and sexual abuse in tourism will be featured in the latest BBC Lifeline Appeal film, airing this Sunday at 16:15…

Alarming number of trafficked children going missing from care - new ECPAT UK report

“We are nobody in this country.” – Trafficked child interviewed for new ECPAT UK and Missing People report

Trafficked and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are going missing…

UK should listen to ECPAT UK on trafficked children’s rights, experts say

11 October 2016

A new report by the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has again urged the United Kingdom to improve protection of…