CRC concluding observations 2016, paragraph 65

UN recommendation

Plain English recommendation

Government should:

(a) Put in place a comprehensive sexual and reproductive health policy for adolescents, focusing on improving equality and participation. Consider UN advice on adolescent health and development.

(b) Ensure sexual and reproductive health is taught in all UK schools. Lessons should provide age-appropriate information on confidential sexual and reproductive health care services, contraceptives, prevention of sexual abuse or exploitation and support services, and sexuality (including that of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex children).

(c) Make abortion legal in Northern Ireland in all circumstances. Review laws to ensure girls can access safe abortion and post-abortion care services. All abortion decisions should consider and respect the views of the child.


Original UN recommendation

With reference to its general comments No. 4 (2003) on adolescent health and development in the context of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and No. 15 (2013), the Committee recommends that the State party:

(a) Develop and adopt a comprehensive sexual and reproductive health policy for adolescents, with particular attention to reducing inequalities and with participation of adolescents;

(b) Ensure that meaningful sexual and reproductive health education is part of the mandatory school curriculum for all schools, including academies, special schools and youth detention centres, in all areas of the State party. Such education should provide age-appropriate information on: confidential sexual and reproductive health-care services; contraceptives; the prevention of sexual abuse or exploitation, including sexual bullying; the support available in cases of such abuse and exploitation; and sexuality, including that of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex children;

(c) Decriminalize abortion in Northern Ireland in all circumstances and review its legislation with a view to ensuring girls’ access to safe abortion and post-abortion care services. The views of the child should always be heard and respected in abortion decisions.

Date of UN examination

23/05/2016

UN article number

24 (health and health services)

Last updated on 08/10/2019