UK concluding observations on Optional Protocol on sale of children

Date: 20th June 2014
Category: UNCRC Optional Protocols and General Comments

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has published a set of UK recommendations on its implementation of children's rights in relation to Optional Protocol 1 to the UNCRC.

'Optional Protocols' are additional legal mechanisms that complement and add to a treaty (such as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNCRC) and can be used either to further address something in the original treaty or to address a new or emerging concern.

The UNCRC has 3 Optional Protocols, one of which is the Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. The UK has ratified this Optional Protocol which means that it is required to submit a report within two years of ratification and then every five years to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, on the measures it has taken to implement the provisions in the Protocol.

The UK submitted its first report to the UN Committee in 2011 (after its ratification in 2009). This report was considered by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on 30th May 2014 and corresponding concluding observations have been published for the UK. Concluding observations address concerns of the UN Committee and offer recommendations to a country on how to further implementation of a specific treaty body.