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Sexual Abuse Written Answer, 11/11/13 [E/NI/S/W]

Written Answer given in the House of Commons on 11 November 2013 in response to Patrick Mercer's (Ind) question asking the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to her Department's publication Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation Action Plan, published in November 2011, what plans she has to take further action in order to ensure the UK is compliant with the Council of Europe's Convention on the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse.

The Minister of State for the Home Office, Norman Baker, replied that the UK signed the Council of Europe's Convention on the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse in May 2008. An initial examination suggests that the UK is compliant with the vast majority of the Convention's articles, but there are a small number of articles which require further assessment before the UK is in a position to ratify the Convention. In addition to work on the Convention, the Government has set out a comprehensive programme to tackle sexual violence in the action plan of the Sexual Violence Against Children and Vulnerable People National Group.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the House of Commons Hansard 11 November 2013 which is available from the UK Parliament website.

Further Information

House of Commons Hansard 11 November 2013