ECPAT UK - Campaigning against child trafficking and transnational child exploitation

 

Historic campaign win secures extra support for trafficked children

25th February 2015
Body Shop campaignChild victims of trafficking in England and Wales are set to benefit from ‘Child Trafficking Advocates’ with legal powers following ECPAT UK’s high-profile campaign to ensure new anti-slavery legislation adequately protects children and young people.

In a landmark step, members of the House of Lords today voted in favour of amendments to ensure advocates have the tools and independence to be effective in advocating for trafficked children’s rights.

 

Government commits to improve child exploitation laws

24 February 2015 

Children will benefit from improved child exploitation laws, following ECPAT UK’s campaign to make the Modern Slavery Bill more effective to prosecute child abusers.

The House of Lords yesterday agreed to strengthen the criminal offence of slavery, servitude, forced/compulsory labour in the Modern Slavery Bill, making a commitment to improve guidance on cases involving children and guaranteeing that all forms of exploitation, including sexual exploitation and forced criminality, are covered by the new offence.

This follows an earlier concession by Government in which MPs amended the offence to ensure that authorities give regard to the vulnerability of child victims and to clarify that 'alleged' consent to exploitation is not used against a victim, as children in particular are groomed into being exploited and cannot consent to these abuses.

 

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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Historic campaign win secures extra support for trafficked children

25th February 2015
Child victims of trafficking in England and Wales are set to benefit from ‘Child Trafficking Advocates’ with legal powers following ECPAT UK’s high-profile campaign to ensure…

Government commits to improve child exploitation laws

24 February 2015 

Children will benefit from improved child exploitation laws, following ECPAT UK’s campaign to make the Modern Slavery Bill more effective to prosecute child abusers.

Government must grasp historic opportunity to protect trafficked children

24 February 2015

The Government must today commit to clarify its proposed criminal legislation on child trafficking and child slavery if it wants to secure more prosecutions against those who…

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…