UK ratifies Lanzarote Convention to tackle child sexual exploitation

Date: 27th June 2018
Category: Other human rights treaties and mechanisms

The UK Government has become the 44th country to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, known as the Lanzarote Convention, which works to end all kinds of sexual offences against children.

The Convention is a legally-binding treaty which requires States to take steps to prevent sexual abuse and exploitation, protect children from abuse and to prosecute offenders. It also enables all countries who have ratified the Convention to share examples of best practice.

The Lanzarote Convention will come into force in the UK in October.