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Child Protection Written Answer, 17/05/11 [E/NI/S/W]

Written Answer in the House of Commons on 17 May 2011 given in response to Yasmin Qureshi's (Lab) question asking the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will assess the merits of ratifying and implementing the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse.

The Minister for Security, James Brokenshire, replied that child sexual exploitation is an appalling crime. It is a form of child sexual abuse and tackling it is an absolute priority for the Government.

In May 2008, the UK signed the Council of Europe's Convention on the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. The Convention sets standards to ensure that countries criminalise the sexual exploitation and abuse of children and adopt similar standards of investigation and prosecution of these crimes. Officials across a number of Government Departments are currently considering the steps that would be required to ratify the Council of Europe Convention.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the House of Commons Hansard 17 May 2011 which is available from the UK Parliament website.

Further Information

House of Commons Hansard 17 May 2011