Role of Child Rights Connect
Child Rights Connect supports independent NGOs (especially child rights coalitions) and NHRIs, as well as children, to engage effectively throughout the entire reporting process. It does this by:
- Contacting national coalitions/NGOs to encourage them to prepare a report
- Providing guidelines on how to prepare an effective alternative report
- Providing advice, technical assistance and training on preparing alternative reports either by e-mail or through training workshops
- Commenting on draft alternative reports, if requested
- Providing advice on the entire reporting process, including how to prepare for the pre-session and using the documents produced by the Committee
- Ensuring two-way communication between NGOs, NHRIs and children, and the Committee and its Secretariat, throughout the reporting process
- Provide logistical support for the participation of those NGOs that we fund to attend the pre-session and session
- Requesting visa invitation letters from the Committee Secretariat on behalf of all participants that require them and providing letters of support from Child Rights Connect to the relevant Embassy or Consulate Briefing NGOs, NHRIs and children prior to the pre-session and session
- Coordinating and supporting the effective participation of NGOs, NHRIs and children in the pre-session and session.
The Committee on the Rights of the Child has adopted new working methods for the participation of children in the reporting process as of September 2014. They can be viewed here. The Committee now asks children who would like to have a private Children's Meeting with the Committee during the Pre-session request such a meeting by way of formal letter to the Committee. An example of this letter and it's content can be accessed here.
For more information on the CRC reporting cycle, please refer to our guides below.