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Press releases archive

 

Press releases 2015

Lord McColl of Dulwich is ECPAT UK’s 2015 Children’s Champion

22 December 2015

ECPAT UK has today recognised leading Parliamentary children’s rights advocate Lord McColl with its 2015 Children’s Champion award. 

As an active member of the House of Lords, Lord McColl has shown immense leadership in advancing the rights of trafficked children during his time in Parliament, helping spearhead calls for a system of legal independent guardianship for child victims of trafficking. 

For more than a decade, Lord McColl has raised his concerns about the lack of specialist support for trafficked children in the UK, tabling amendments to provide child victims of trafficking a legal guardian in several bills, including the Protection of Freedoms Bill (2012), the Children & Families Bill (2013) and the Immigration Bill (2014). In 2010, he tabled a private members bill for a standalone trafficking bill containing a clause for independent child advocates, recognising the specific needs of these vulnerable children.

UK child trafficking cases reach record high

16 December 2015 

The number of child victims of trafficking and modern slavery in the UK soared by 22% in 2014, according to a new report by the National Crime Agency (NCA)

During this time, 732 children were identified as potential victims of trafficking, the highest number recorded since the United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre began estimating the prevalence of the issue in 2011.  

ECPAT UK, a leading children’s rights charity, called the report an urgent wake-up call to all UK government agencies responsible for child protection to do more to identify children at risk of exploitation and to ensure a robust safeguarding response.

On Universal Children’s Day ECPAT UK calls on all stakeholders to uphold children’s rights

20 November

ECPAT UK is marking Universal Children’s Day (20 November) by calling on business, government, and all other stakeholders to come together to uphold children’s rights.

Universal Children’s Day was established by the United Nations in 1954 to raise awareness of children’s rights and promote child welfare around the world. The day is held annually on the anniversary of the adoption of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

ECPAT UK calls for ratification of Lanzarote Convention on European Day to End Child Abuse

18 November 2015

©Council of Europe - map of countries that have ratified the Lanzarote ConventionECPAT UK is using the first European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse to renew its call for the UK to ratify the Lanzarote Convention to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse.

Refugee crisis in Europe and the rights of children

20 October 2015

ECPAT UK and its global partners issue a statement on child protection in the context of the current refugee crisis in Europe. 

Recent crises and war in several countries, including Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea among others, have led to tens of thousands of refugees arriving in the European Union via southern Europe and across the Mediterranean Sea. Among them are a significant number of children, some of whom are separated from their families.

Anti-Slavery Day 2015: ECPAT UK and Border Force join together to raise awareness of child trafficking

Friday 16th October 2015

ECPAT UK is teaming up with Border Force staff at Heathrow this weekend to raise awareness of child trafficking through the UK’s busiest airport on the sixth annual Anti-Slavery Day (18 October). 

More than 6,000 people call on Scottish Government to protect children from trafficking in Scotland

Thursday 1st October 2015

The Scottish Parliament Building, EdinburghThe Scottish Government must today commit to strengthen its proposed criminal legislation on child trafficking if it wants to ensure children are protected from exploitation, ECPAT UK has said - ahead of handing over a petition to MSPs that has attracted the support of more than 6,000 people.

World leaders urged to put children’s rights at heart of sustainable development goals

24 September 2015

ECPAT UK – a leading organisation campaigning to protect children from trafficking and transnational abuse– has called  for children’s rights to be prioritised in Sustainable Development Goals due to be agreed by world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly summit on Friday 25th September.

Scotland urged to spearhead child trafficking fight

6 August 2015

Protect children from trafficking in ScotlandECPAT UK, in partnership with leading campaigners Walk Free and CARE, have called on the Scottish Government to provide vital support for trafficked children in new anti-trafficking legislation. CLICK HERE to sign the petition

Research in 2014 found that children had been trafficked to Scotland and exploited in domestic servitude, forced labour and sexual exploitation, with some disappearing from care and re-trafficked to a life of further abuse.

Leading anti-trafficking and children’s rights organisation ECPAT UK has teamed with Walk Free and CARE to launch a wide-reaching public campaign that will put pressure on the Scottish Government to strengthen the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill in order to protect all children at risk of trafficking and to bring their abusers to justice.

US TIP Report: UK still failing many child trafficking victims

29 July 2015

The 2015 TIP report The UK should improve its response to child trafficking and provide more specialist services for children who have been trafficked, the US State Department has said.

According to the influential Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report: “While (UK) authorities continued to identify a large number of potential trafficking victims, the victim identification and referral system failed to assist many victims of trafficking, particularly children.”

ECPAT UK has welcomed the report’s recommendations, including improvements to “multi-stakeholder oversight and specialised services for child victims,” following criticism about the response to child trafficking in the UK and concerns over the number of trafficked children who go missing from care.

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