Child Rights Monitoring, Data & Access to Justice
The Convention on the Rights of the Child has changed the way children are viewed and treated, and today, more than ever, children are seen as human beings with a distinct set of rights, rather than as passive objects of care and charity.
Data show there are large disparities in the status of certain groups of children, depending on whether they live in urban or rural area, and on the level of education and socio-economic status of their parents.
The challenges of the Child Rights Monitoring system are associated largely with: the collection, analysis and use of accurate and disaggregated data; knowledge and skills retention within relevant bodies; the allocation of financial resources to Child Rights Monitoring and child rights matters; and the development of a culture of accountability.
UNICEF provides technical support to collect data and analyse its trends - and advises on how these data can be used strategically to inform creation of policies for the benefit of children and their families
UNICEF supports the process of creation of a fully-functioning and accountable Child Rights Monitoring system.
In order to achieve country-wide awareness of child rights and the role of Child Rights Monitoring mechanisms, such as the Ombudsperson, there is a need for constant awareness-raising activities involving the continuation of existing initiatives and the incorporation of innovative ideas.
Inter-sector coordination is crucial for achieving an effective Child Rights Monitoring system and can only be achieved by an authoritative, adequately funded and staffed Council on Child Rights, which encourages collaboration between the government and civil society, as well as between the government actors themselves.