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Press releases archive


Press releases 2014

Campaigners seek to protect vulnerable children at Brazil World Cup

11 February 2014

ECPAT partnership campaign to prevent child sex tourism at the World CupChild protection campaigners have warned tourists about strict criminal penalties for anyone travelling to Brazil and sexually exploiting children at the World Cup this summer.

Last week, Bharti Patel, CEO of UK-based children’s rights charity ECPAT UK, told Sky News Sunrise that British authorities should be prepared to respond to the risks posed to children trapped in the child sexual exploitation epidemic in Brazil by an influx of tourists, some of whom may be known sex offenders, to the country.

Safeguarding head named ECPAT UK Children’s Champion 2013

Paul HewittECPAT UK has awarded Paul Hewitt, Head of Safeguarding Children in Hillingdon, our Children’s Champion Award for outstanding commitment to children in 2013.

As Head of Safeguarding Children & Quality Assurance in Hillingdon, Paul has proven to be a champion of child protection, going well beyond the responsibilities of his role. ECPAT UK staff and trustees were especially impressed with his enduring dedication to supporting trafficked children and his understanding of the value of multi-agency cooperation in the fight against child trafficking and exploitation.

Advocates trial for trafficked children falls short of legal guardianship, warns ECPAT UK

Theresa May27 January 2014

Child victims of trafficking will be assigned ‘personal advocates’ in order to help keep them safe, the Government has announced, echoing ECPAT UK’s long-standing calls for a system of guardianship for trafficked children.

As we await details of the pilot, it is ECPAT UK’s concern that the advocates will be without legal authority to make decisions on behalf of the children and to hold public authorities to account. This will leave hundreds of children still at risk and could render the advocates effectively toothless to challenge failings by social services and others.

The New Age Child Sex Tourism

NCAA transnational investigation into live streaming of sexual abuse of Philippine children has led to 17 arrests of UK nationals, who are among offenders from 12 countries, and the identification of 15 victims of child sex abuse. Additional ongoing investigations have identified 733 suspects, 139 of whom are in the UK, according to the report released by UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA).

The investigations which revealed an alarming picture of dedicated and organised live online child abuse offences orchestrated and facilitated by a crime group in the Philippines, cites cases of British nationals Timothy Ford from Northamptonshire and Thomas Owen in Merseyside. 

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