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Lanzarote Convention on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has published the text of the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (the Lanzarote Convention), together with an explanatory memorandum.

The stated purposes of the Convention are to:

a. prevent and combat sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children;

b. protect the rights of child victims of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse;

c. promote national and international co-operation against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children.

As of 6 February 2018, of the 47 signatories to the Convention, 42 had ratified it: see information document prepared by the Secretariat of the Lanzarote Committee). The United Kingdom has not yet ratified the Convention but intends to do so. The government's explanatory note states that in order to ratify the Convention the UK has taken the necessary legislative and administrative steps to implement the Convention in UK law (including the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).

For the Convention, click here. For the explanatory memorandum, click here.

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