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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

15 November 2016

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.

 

Special 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.

 

ECPAT UK's new e-learning course on child trafficking and modern slavery

ECPAT e-learning course on child traffickingECPAT UK has launched a new e-learning course for all professionals who may come into contact with children, young people or adults who have been trafficked. 

Designed in partnership with award winning e-learning provider Virtual College, the course supports frontline staff to meet their professional safeguarding responsibilities and recognise the rights of child and adult victims of trafficking.

Learners will be taken on an interactive journey to examine and understand different types of exploitation, how individuals become victims to abuse and what actions professionals should take to identify victims and help them.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY. 

 

Convicted Dorset offender raped and abused children in the Philippines

10 August 2016

UK travelling offenders are rarely convicted under extra-territorial lawECPAT UK has welcomed the conviction of Dorset abuser, David Shepherd, on 13 charges of child sexual abuse in the Philippines. 

The leading children’s rights charity commended local Dorset Police for pursuing the extra-territorial case to its conclusion and helping secure conviction on counts including the rape of a child under 13 and taking indecent photographs of a child. 

ECPAT UK said UK leaders must follow the lead of local investigators and act swiftly to reverse their astonishingly low rates of monitoring, prosecuting and convicting UK offenders who travel abroad and sexually abuse children.

 

UK laws fail to stop Britons sexually abusing children abroad

12 July 2016

Children are at risk to sexual exploitationA new ECPAT UK expert paper has said that UK legislation is largely ineffective to protect children abroad from travelling UK sex offenders.

Despite the UK's strengthened legal powers to combat child sexual exploitation, children abroad remain acutely vulnerable to UK travelling abusers, the paper argues, due to weak extraterritorial provisions and limited UK investigative collaboration with EU and international law enforcement.

The paper, entitled Developments in the UK’s Response to Child Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation, calls for strengthened multi-agency international cooperation, mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse offences by UK offenders abroad and the establishment of a national investigation unit to tackle extraterritorial child sexual abuse. 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE EXPERT PAPER

 

No country immune to child sexual exploitation, study finds

12 May 2016

ECPAT global studyMore children are at risk of sexual exploitation than ever before, particularly in travel and tourism, a two-year global study by ECPAT has revealed today. 

The report, entitled Offenders on the Move: Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism 2016, has found that an increase in global tourism and improved accessibility of information technology have escalated the threat of sexual exploitation in every country in the world.

Children in the UK and Europe, long seen as source countries for travelling child sex offenders, have also experienced an increased risk of sexual abuse by foreign and in-country travelling offenders.

 

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"When I asked 'Where [is] my money?', they threatened to kill me"- ‘Hung’, from Vietnam, was trafficked into UK and exploited through forced cannabis cultivation.

 

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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

15 November 2016

Trafficked and unaccompanied asylum-seeking…

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…

ECPAT UK launches national anti-trafficking initiative for foster carers

1 October 2016

The 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…

ECPAT UK's new e-learning course on child trafficking and modern slavery

ECPAT UK has launched a new e-learning course for all professionals who may come into contact with children, young people or adults who have been trafficked. 

Designed in partnership with…

Convicted Dorset offender raped and abused children in the Philippines

10 August 2016

ECPAT UK has welcomed the conviction of Dorset abuser, David Shepherd, on 13 charges of child sexual abuse in the Philippines. 

The leading children’s rights…

UK laws fail to stop Britons sexually abusing children abroad

12 July 2016

A new ECPAT UK expert paper has said that UK legislation is largely ineffective to protect children abroad from travelling UK sex offenders.

Despite the UK's strengthened…