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Sexual Abuse Written Answer, 18/11/13 [E/NI/S/W]

Written Answer given in the House of Lords on 18 November 2013 in response to Baroness Doocey's question asking Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to ratify the 2007 Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office, Lord Taylor of Holbeach, 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 Lords Hansard 18 November 2013 which is available from the UK Parliament website.

Further Information

House of Lords Hansard 18 November 2013