Violence, abuse and neglect, and child sexual exploitation – UK Government assessment

Progress assessment

Limited progress

There have been legal or policy changes to improve human rights protections but very limited evidence of sustained improvements in the enjoyment of human rights on this issue

The UK Government has taken some policy and legislative steps to address aspects of violence, abuse and neglect, including its proposals in the draft Online Safety Bill and ratification of the Convention on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse. However, prosecution rates and support for victims of violence, abuse and neglect both remain low, and the UK Government has not taken sufficient steps to improve protections for children, such as tackling unnecessary surgical interventions on intersex children.

Read more about the UK Government’s actions on violence, abuse and neglect, and child sexual exploitation.

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 12/07/2021