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Press releases archive


Press releases 2011

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

16 December 2011

CRC 20th anniversaryIt was 20 years ago today that the UK Government ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) – a universally agreed set of human rights standards that the UK government ratified in 1991.

Convicted child sex offender Duncan Grant returns to the UK

14th December 2011

A convicted child sex offender, Duncan Grant, has today returned to the UK after serving a sentence for sexually abusing children at an orphanage that he ran in India.

Duncan Grant and fellow Briton, Allan Waters, were found guilty of sexual abuse at the Anchorage Orphanage in Mumbai in 2006, which Grant set up for street children in 1995. Grant had run the orphanage with funds raised in the UK under a separate charity.

ECPAT UK gives evidence at Education Select Committee

ECPAT UK has given evidence to the Education Select Committee as part of its inquiry into the strengths and weaknesses of the child protection system in the United Kingdom, with particular reference to children who may be victims of trafficking. 

During the Committee’s Third Oral Evidence Session (30 November), ECPAT UK Deputy Director Colin Walker raised a number of critical points that ECPAT UK believes must be addressed in order to prevent the trafficking of children into and within the UK, and to ensure that child victims are given the support they require and are entitled to.

Parliamentarians against Human Trafficking group holds first international seminar

25 November 2011

Parliamentarians and MPs at PAHT seminarParliamentarians and NGOs from across Europe convened in the House of Commons for the inaugural seminar of the Parliamentarians against Human Trafficking (PAHT) project on 24 November.

Convicted sex offender Paul Bower arrested in Cambodia

21 November

ECPAT UK has learned that a British national and convicted sex offender, Ian Paul Bower, has been arrested and charged in relation to sexual offences with children in Cambodia.

Paul Bower was arrested on 13 November by the Phnom Penh anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection police and has since been charged with committing Indecent Acts against a minor under 15 years.

Nadine Finch named ECPAT UK’s Children’s Champion 2011

Nadine FinchECPAT UK is delighted to announce that the recipient of its Children’s Champion Award 2011 is Nadine Finch, barrister and part-time Immigration Judge, of Garden Court Chambers.

The award, given annually, is presented to the person/s or organisation or business that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to children over the past 12 months, going beyond their normal employment role.

ECPAT UK response to relaxation of checks by the UK Border Agency

10 November 2011

In response to a leaked memo of a Home Office meeting on September 14 – which revealed fears that a pilot scheme to reduce checks by UK Border Agency officials in the summer could ‘facilitate child trafficking’ – ECPAT UK is deeply concerned that the relaxation of checks at border controls has put children at risk of being trafficked into the UK.

On the Safe Side report launched

On the Safe Side coverECPAT UK has launched its On the Safe Side report, which details 10 principles for the safe accommodation of child victims of trafficking.

ECPAT UK and Row for Freedom meet David Cameron

David Cameron greets Row for Freedom teamStaff from ECPAT UK and the Row for Freedom team - six women who are rowing across the Atlantic to raise awareness of human trafficking - met the Prime Minister, David Cameron, at a reception to celebrate Anti-Slavery Day 2011.

Watch over me report launched

Watch over me coverECPAT UK has launched Watch over me - a report that is part of our ongoing campaign calling on the UK Government to establish a system of guardianship for child victims of trafficking.

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