Violence, abuse and neglect, and child sexual exploitation – Welsh 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 Welsh Government has taken some positive policy and legislative steps, including a range of actions to address childhood adversity. There is limited available data on rates of violence, abuse and neglect, but available evidence shows that rates of domestic abuse and violence, and recorded sexual offences against children in Wales are still high. Emerging evidence indicates that reports of domestic abuse have increased during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with increasing numbers of calls to abuse helplines.

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

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