Child rights monitoring
Protecting and fulfilling children’s rights through monitoring, assessment and policy making
There is a need to strengthen administrative data systems and further build institutional capacities for data generation and child rights monitoring.
Ensuring that the rights of children are voiced, protected and fulfilled requires a solid support system including various actors – line ministries, the Ombudsman, active civil society organizations (CSOs) and other associations dedicated to promotion of children’s rights – and legislation that unambiguously incorporates the international conventions on human rights.
UNICEF works towards deepening the knowledge and honing the skillset of state institutions and civil society organizations to monitor child rights, to apply stronger qualitative and quantitative data collection practices and be able to conduct meaningful analyses that produce valuable insights for strategic decisions and effective policy reform.
UNICEF supports the process of creating of a fully functioning and accountable Child Rights Monitoring system in Greece.
UNICEF will work closely with the Greek State to ensure the rights of all children are fully respected, including equal access to social services and a life free from discrimination. Actions will include the use of data and evidence to address the barriers that impede results for every child, including children with minority backgrounds, children with disabilities, children without parental care, refugee and migrant children, youth and adolescents and child survivors of violence and abuse. Besides, support will be mobilized for the implementation of recommendations made by the Committee on the Rights of the Child and strengthening the implementation, monitoring and reporting of the CRC in Greece.
UNICEF has already achieved a lot in terms of evidence generation and monitoring the situation of refugee and migrant children (including unaccompanied children) by establishing partnerships with authorities, the Hellenic Statistical Authority and UN agencies, establishing new systems (e.g., UAC database) and creating Civil Society networks such as the Network for the rights of Children on the Move (led by Deputy Ombudswoman for children’s rights). However, major gaps remain, in other areas of work around evidence generation and child rights monitoring as well as expanding UNICEF’s priority areas in Greece (e.g. children with disabilities, children lacking parental care, etc.).
To that end, UNICEF seeks to strengthen the capacity of line Ministries, institutions and independent authorities to monitor child rights’ realization, in synergy with the other components of UNICEF’s strategy, by providing technical support to collect data, analyze trends, understand child rights issues, and use such information to inform policies for the benefit of children and their families.