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Guest blog: Failure to adhere to child protection rules puts refugee children at risk on arrival in Europe

Monday 19th October 2015

View of LesvosECPAT UK’s current Children’s Champion, solicitor Kalvir Kaur, recently returned from volunteering in Lesvos. Here she details her concerns that some refugee children arriving in Europe are being left vulnerable to exploitation.



No company should be exempt from addressing child trafficking in its supply chains, says ECPAT UK

29 July 2015

Read ECPAT UK's Transparency in Supply Chains Clause consultation response here.

Commodities for saleDavid Cameron has today said UK businesses must now take proactive action against modern slavery in their supply chains. Under the new
Transparency in Supply Chains Clause in the Modern Slavery Actall companies with an annual turnover of £36 million and over must report on steps they have taken to prevent exploitation or trafficking used in the production of goods or delivery of services by the business or its suppliers. 

However, given that the clause will cover only a tiny fraction of the millions of companies operating in the UK, Government and business must be much more ambitious if we are to begin to untangle the systemic threads of labour exploitation and child trafficking in supply chains, says ECPAT UK’s Ryan Mahan.



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.



Guest Blog: The London to Paris Cycle Challenge 2014

The 2014 Lexis Nexis Cycle Challenge3 September 2014

This summer LexisNexis UK organised a 287-mile cycle ride from London to Paris to support ECPAT UK’s advocacy work to protect trafficked children. Here, Tanya Clarke and her team of cyclists recount the epic journey. 

After the success of the LexisNexis UK London to Paris Cycle Challenge 2013, we decided to revisit the City of Light in 2014. However, this time we have introduced a “palace to palace” element, which delivered a more scenic route, taking in Buckingham Palace at the start before finishing with the spectacular backdrop of the Chateau of Versailles. We were an intrepid band of 37 cyclists and 8 amazing support crew, who covered 287 miles over three days. 



Inaction over Rotherham trafficking highlights culture of impunity

1 September 2014

Chloe Setter
Head of Policy, Advocacy & Campaigns (Child Trafficking), ECPAT UK

The latest scandal of another UK town’s failure to respond adequately to widespread sexual exploitation of its children highlights an endemic issue across the United Kingdom. In communities throughout our country, including Oxford, Rochdale and Newcastle, we have been confronted with overwhelming evidence of repeated and multiple failures to prevent child abuse and protect children.



Coalition of charities publishes Alternative Modern Slavery Bill

22 July 2014

Influential anti-trafficking monitoring bodyThe UK Government’s claim of a “world-leading Modern Slavery Bill” has been challenged by a group of leading anti-trafficking charities, which includes ECPAT UK, who have today published an ‘Alternative Bill’ highlighting deficiencies in the Government’s Modern Slavery legislation.

The influential Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG), led by NGOs representing the interests of children and adult victims of trafficking and modern-day slavery, is proposing alternate legislation, with assistance from a group of expert lawyers, in order to assist Parliament in strengthening the Modern Slavery Bill that is currently before Parliament.



Trafficked children’s basic rights breached by system failures

9 October 2013

UK authorities' focus on border control and crime prevention means that they are continuing to fail trafficked children, ECPAT UK and Children's Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) will today tell the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva

By Chloe Setter, Head of Advocacy, Policy & Campaigns, ECPAT UK, and Paola Uccellari, Director, CRAE

United Nations in GenevaWe expect the state to protect children, no matter who they are or where they are from. But some of the most vulnerable children in the UK are being failed by the Government. Too many trafficked children are falling through the human rights safety net designed to protect us all. When it comes to dealing with victims of child trafficking, a child’s immigration status and not their protection come first, and they are being let down by authorities we expect to look after them.



Legal aid for victims of trafficking – more to be done

2 October 2013

Child victims of trafficking will be exempt from a proposed residence test, but will this ensure access to justice for some of the most vulnerable?

By Chloe Setter, Head of Advocacy, Policy & Campaigns

Legal Aid ReformsA few months back, in a previous ECPAT UK blog, Young Legal Aid Lawyers Natalie Sedacca and Carita Thomas highlighted how the Government’s proposed changes to legal aid would impact on victims of trafficking, in particular those who are most vulnerable – child victims.

The blog raised concerns about two key areas in the planned reforms: the residence test (which would mean civil legal aid would only be available to those who have been “lawfully resident” in the UK for a 12-month period before applying for legal aid) and the Government’s intention to stop paying out any legal aid in judicial review cases unless permission is granted (which means legal aid would no longer cover the initial stages of work, leaving lawyers without the resources to take these cases forward). Both, it was argued, would leave child victims of trafficking, who have already been abused and exploited, exposed to risk and further harm.



Volunteer blog: Some reflections on the eve of the Bucharest conference

Sonam Masania reports from Bucharest ahead of the final Parliamentarians Against Human Trafficking conference 

25 June 2013

Parliament of RomaniaYesterday, Emma Makey, PAHT Protect Assistant, and I jetted off to sunny Bucharest ahead of the Parliamentarians Against Human Trafficking (PAHT) final conference. It is my first visit to Eastern Europe and I am very excited about it!

We arrived a day before the other team members (lucky me!) to make some last minute checks and receive guests. Anticipation has been mounting in the PAHT hub and with close to 100 confirmed participants, our next few days are going to be challenging, but incredibly rewarding!



Guest blog: Child trafficking victims at risk from legal aid cuts

Young Legal Aid Lawyers Natalie Sedacca and Carita Thomas write about Government proposals that could stop trafficking victims getting justice.

On 1 April 2013 the Government brought in cuts to legal aid that removed the right to free advice for many migrants under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO). Luckily, trafficking victims were spared. Nine days later, a new consultation entitled “Transforming Legal Aid” was announced, aiming to cut a further £220 million from the legal aid budget. This time, trafficking victims have been granted no favours.



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