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Safeguarding child victims of trafficking: New advanced training course in May

ECPAT UK training centreECPAT UK is now taking bookings for our latest advanced training course on child trafficking on 21 May 2015. CLICK HERE to register today or email training@ecpat.org.uk.   

Practitioners in local authorities, police, schools, health providers and children’s services can be great allies in the mission to stop child trafficking and protect children. 

According to recent statutory guidance, “everyone involved in the care of unaccompanied and trafficked children should be trained to recognise and understand the particular issues likely to be faced by these children.” 

 

Enshrine compensation rights for children exploited online, campaigners say

2 April 2015

The 2014 Digital Manifesto for online child rightsA new Digital Manifesto for online child safety, supported by ECPAT UK, has called on the UK Government to enshrine the right for children to claim compensation for sexual abuse online. 

Signatories have also called on all major parties to support new powers to hold internet companies and other corporate bodies to account for upholding online child safety.

Published by the Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety, the Digital Manifesto sets out an extensive set of policies and recommendations to improve online child protection in the areas of online safety education, policing, public accountability and support for professionals.

 

Campaigners celebrate Modern Slavery Act success

Parliament26th March 2015

ECPAT UK today heralded the passage of historic legislation to protect victims of modern slavery, forced labour and child exploitation but warned there is still much work to to stamp out human trafficking in the UK and across the world.

The Modern Slavery Act (England & Wales) received royal assent in Parliament today – the culmination of years of campaigning by ECPAT UK and other anti-trafficking organisations to improve protection of victims and strengthen criminal laws against crimes of modern slavery.

 

British Airways accused of not acting over pilot abuse concerns

23 March 2015

Former pilot abused children overseas while working for British Airways-sponsored charitiesThe law firm acting on behalf of alleged child abuse victims of a British Airways pilot, Simon Wood, has confirmed that they are looking into reports that the airline had been told twice about concerns about his behaviour.

According to the BBC, Mike Johnson, another BA pilot who was on the British board of Nairobi-based charity, Nyumbani, informed two senior managers at BA in 2004 that Wood had been asked to leave the charity for taking inappropriate images of children.

Bharti Patel, CEO of ECPAT UK, a child rights charity campaigning for the rights of children everywhere to be protected from abuse by British nationals traveling or residing abroad, today said any alleged lack of action by BA could be considered a serious breach of its duty of care.

 

UK failure to monitor sex offenders threatens children everywhere

10 March 2015

A report revealing that nearly 400 sex offenders have disappeared “off the radar” of UK law enforcement highlights the UK’s continuing failure to prevent child sexual abuse, according to leading children’s rights charity ECPAT UK.

The revelations magnify the significant harm posed to children abroad by UK offenders who flee the country and abuse children in countries where child protection systems are weak or non-existent.

ECPAT UK said today that the report calls into question the Government’s commitment to “ensuring the system is as robust as possible”, adding that it demonstrates systemic failures to manage sex offenders and prevent them from moving around in the UK or leaving the UK and travelling to countries to abuse vulnerable children with impunity.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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Enshrine compensation rights for children exploited online, campaigners say

2 April 2015

A new Digital Manifesto for online child safety, supported by ECPAT UK, has called on the UK Government to enshrine the right for children to claim compensation for sexual abuse…

Campaigners celebrate Modern Slavery Act success

26th March 2015

ECPAT UK today heralded the passage of historic legislation to protect victims of modern slavery, forced labour and child exploitation but warned there is still much work to to…

UK failure to monitor sex offenders threatens children everywhere

10 March 2015

A report revealing that nearly 400 sex offenders have disappeared “off the radar” of UK law enforcement highlights the UK’s continuing failure to prevent child sexual abuse,…

UPDATE: UK offender Simon Harris sentenced to 17 years on child sexual abuse charges

9 March 2015

ECPAT UK has welcomed the sentencing of British national Simon Harris to 17 years and four months in prison for sexually abusing children while working in Kenya. Harris, a former…

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…