CAT concluding observations 2019, paragraph 19

UN recommendation

Plain English recommendation

Government should: (a) Ensure that all cases of violence, including sexual assault, against children in detention are investigated quickly and independently. Ensure that perpetrators are prosecuted and punished and that victims receive redress. (b) Set up an inspection and complaints process that is easy for children in detention to use. (c) Ensure that judges, prosecutors and the police receive specialist training in preventing abuse of children in detention, as well as training in dealing with claims of abuse.

Original UN recommendation

The State party should: (a) Ensure that all cases of violence, especially sexual assault, against children in detention, including those documented by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, are promptly, impartially and effectively investigated and that substantiated allegations result in the prosecution and punishment of perpetrators with appropriate sanctions, and that victims receive adequate redress. (b) Establish effective inspection and complaints mechanisms that are genuinely accessible to children in detention, and maintain effective monitoring. (c) Ensure that judges, prosecutors and members of the police receive specialized training in preventing and dealing with claims of abuse of children in detention.

Date of UN examination


UN article number

11 (review of detention procedures), 12 (prompt and impartial investigation), 13 (right to complain), 16 (cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment)

Last updated on 11/09/2019