The Committee regularly reviews each State party to the CRC and its Optional Protocols to assess the progress each State has made in implementing them and to provide country-specific recommendations.
Understanding and taking part in the various stages of the CRC reporting cycle is a powerful way for children’s rights defenders, including children, to monitor and help improve children’s rights in their countries.
Child Rights Connect is the strategic partner of the Committee and OHCHR for the engagement of children’s rights defenders in the reporting cycle. Our role is to strengthen the capacity of children’s rights defenders, including children, to use the CRC reporting cycle as an advocacy tool and in connection with other relevant UN human rights entry points. Our approach is to maximize the potential of the Child Rights Connect network to empower children’s rights defenders in a sustainable way and with multiplying and long-term effect.
The Reporting Process
To learn more about the standard and the simplified reporting cycles and get advice on how to engage, please visit our dedicated website and read our guides and tools:
- The Reporting Cycle of the Committee on the Rights of the Child-A guide for NGOs and NHRIs – English, Español, Français
- Reporting on OPSC and OPAC – English, Español, Français
- Together with children–for children: a guide for NGOs accompanying children in CRC reporting (for adults) – English, Español, Français
- My Pocket Guide to CRC Reporting (for children) – English, Español, Français
The online platform
Child Rights Connect provides a confidential and secured online platform for children’s rights defenders (NGOs, NHRIs, Ombudspersons and children) to ensure:
- the effective transmission of written information to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and OHCHR.
- the effective participation of children’s rights defenders in the Committee’s pre-sessions in Geneva.
Alternative report submission
The Committee and OHCHR, its Secretariat, use this platform as the official process for providing written and oral inputs to the Committee, as it is indicated on OHCHR website.
Child Rights Connect does not endorse the content of the reports. If you do not want to use this platform you should contact the Committee Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org
Child Rights Connect provides restricted access to the secured platform t o the Committee Secretariat only. Child Rights Connect deals with the information provided in a confidential manner, except for the submissions that are authorized for publication on OHCHR website. Child Rights Connect cannot be held responsible if unauthorized third parties receive the information.
Pre-session participation and children’s meetings
As per the Committee’s Guidelines, only those who have submitted written information can request an invitation.
- Handbook for Adults Participating in the Pre-Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child: English, Français, Español
- Handbook for Children Participating in the Pre-Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child: English, Français, Español
- Working methods for the participation of children in the reporting process of the Committee on the Rights of the Child: English, Français, Español.