Child rights monitoring

UNICEF collects data and monitors the situation of women and children in Serbia.

Father carries daughter in his arms while she hugs him
UNICEF Serbia/2016/Milenkovic

Challenge

Problems that are unmeasured remain unresolved.

For children, problems that are not registered, or in any way captured by official data, leave them with a greater risk of being left behind. 

That’s why it is imperative to establish monitoring systems that encompass all children. If their situation is known and understood, action can be taken to make it better.

There are widening equity gaps between national averages and the most marginalized children. 

Data show that 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.

  • Reliable national data on the number of children with disabilities is not yet available.
  • Lack of cross-sectoral data on the prevalence of violence against children prevents a cost analysis on the impact of violence.
  • Disaggregated data is needed for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure no one is left behind.
Children playing the park and smiling
UNICEF Serbia/2016/Milenkovic

Solution

To improve the national systems for data collection and management, particularly in the fields of inclusive education, violence prevention and monitoring the changes in social norms, UNICEF is working to increase the availability of reliable disaggregated data on the position of children and women in Serbia.

Where possible, data are disaggregated by gender, age, residence, household income, education, and other key social and demographic variables to help uncover possible risk factors and inequities.

UNICEF supports the process of system reforms, we are active in monitoring the implementation of laws and policies aimed at children and establishing an accountability system.

UNICEF analyses data trends and emphasises patterns found within the data.

We advise on how these data can be used strategically to inform the development and/or implementation of inclusive national policies, laws and programmes, as well as the development of mechanisms for monitoring and addressing violations of child rights.

UNICEF supports national governmental and independent bodies, as well as local self-governments, to expand their knowledge on child rights and child-centered, evidence-based policy-making, budgeting and monitoring.

  • A total of 10,000 households, of which 2,000 Roma households, will be surveyed during the Multiple Indicator Cluster (MICS6) survey in 2019.
  • A methodological guideline for the future Registry on Children with Disabilities has been developed, and is based on a functional assessment of children’s disability.
  • The introduction of an education information system in 2019 will enable evidence-based decision-making, contributing to the quality of education.