UK Government ratifies Lanzarote Convention to tackle child sexual exploitation


Victoria Atkins MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability, will reaffirm the UK Government’s determination to end the sexual exploitation of children around the world by ratifying the Lanzarote Convention.

The UK’s compliance with the Lanzarote Convention and this ratification will ensure that the UK Home Office is taking robust action with 43 countries to help rid the globe of the scourge of sexual violence and child abuse through greater information sharing and international cooperation.

Michael Tunks, Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) Policy and Public Affairs Manager, is attending the three-day meeting of the Lanzarote Committee in Strasbourg, France.

He said: “The IWF is delighted that the UK has today officially ratified the Lanzarote Convention. This demonstrates and reaffirms the Government’s commitment to tackling the issue of child sexual abuse.

“The IWF has played an important role in informing the work of Lanzarote Committee over the past few years and has also recently secured observer status to ensure that we are able to influence policy and direction of the Committee across the Member States.

“The global threat of online child sexual abuse is growing year on year, and we look forward to continuing to work with the Home Office and the Lanzarote Committee to ensure that children are better protected.”

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IWF is an international charity working to make the internet a safer place by minimising the availability of online child sexual abuse videos and images.

IWF (Internet Watch Foundation)