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Mayor of London prioritises anti-trafficking efforts

3 May 2017

Mayor of LondonThe Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Policing & Crime have answered calls from NGOs to outline their plans to strengthen London’s response to human trafficking, after a staggering 260% increase in the number of victim referrals in the capital.

Sophie Linden, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, will join more than 250 councillors, statutory safeguarding leads, police, and other key stakeholders from all 32 London Boroughs to discuss improved strategies to tackle human trafficking.

 

Record number of UK child trafficking cases reported in 2016

3 April 2017

Child trafficking referrals increased by 30% to 1,278 in 2016, the highest on record according to the latest figures from the National Crime Agency. 

The National Referral Mechanism Statistics: End of Year Summary 2016 – the UK’s annual report on all victims of trafficking referred to the UK Government’s official identification system – recorded a total number of 3,805 potential victims of trafficking in 2016, a 17% increase on 2015. 

More than a third of all potential victims of trafficking were children aged 18 and under, with a majority of children exploited in labour exploitation, which includes forced criminality, such as cannabis cultivation. 

 

New ECPAT UK project: Local authorities supported to innovate child trafficking responses

31 March 2017

ECPAT UK sign ECPAT UK has been selected by the government to deliver an innovative project aimed at improving the local response to child trafficking and all forms of modern slavery and exploitation.

Funded by the Home Office’s Child Trafficking Protection Fund, the ground-breaking Partnership Against Child Trafficking Project (PACT) will provide a specialist consultancy service to four UK local authorities in order to improve localised responses to child trafficking.

 

#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.”

 

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Latest updates

Mayor of London prioritises anti-trafficking efforts

3 May 2017

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Policing & Crime have answered calls from NGOs to outline their plans to strengthen London’s response to human trafficking, after a staggering…

Record number of UK child trafficking cases reported in 2016

3 April 2017

Child trafficking referrals increased by 30% to 1,278 in 2016, the highest on record according to the latest figures from the National Crime Agency. 

The National…

New ECPAT UK project: Local authorities supported to innovate child trafficking responses

31 March 2017

ECPAT UK has been selected by the government to deliver an innovative project aimed at improving the local response to child trafficking and all forms of modern slavery and exploitation.

#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…