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Child Welfare

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response she has made to the report of the independent expert for the United Nations’ study on violence against children; what plans she has to implement the relevant recommendations of that report; what advice and assistance her Department gave to the committee which produced the report; and what representations she has received on that report. (95297)

We welcome Professor Pinheiro’s report on violence against children, providing an in depth global picture of the serious issue of abuses of children’s rights. We believe that implementation by states of the recommendations set out in the report would undoubtedly provide a better protective environment for children throughout the world.

The recommendations set out in the report mirror much of the work already being carried out in the UK to protect children from all forms of abuse. We will continue to work with our international partners to take forward these recommendations in other countries, working to ensure children throughout the world can enjoy their human rights and be protected from all forms of violence.

The UK (Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development) contributed 17 per cent. of the total cost of the study, equating to £450,000.

We have received requests from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and from non-governmental organisations in the field asking the UK to endorse the report and lend support to its recommendations. To that end, we have discussed and continue to discuss with EU and UN partners how best to promote the recommendations, including at the UN General Assembly Third Committee this year.