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Child Rights Information Network

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Child Rights Information Network

The Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) is an international network that supports the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and child rights. CRIN has a membership of more than 1,400 organisations in over 130 countries. Since 1995 it has been hosted by Save the Children, a charity based in London, and it is managed jointly by several organisations including IEF. The values that guide our work

  • We believe that the only means of bringing long-term positive change to children's lives is through the strong and explicit promotion of their rights. We are not afraid to challenge harmful traditional beliefs and practices concerning children. We recognise this will often be controversial.
  • We believe that information is a powerful tool, indeed a prerequisite, for effective advocacy in children’s rights and that it must be freely available and widely disseminated.
  • We believe that it is by working together with a broad range of actors committed to a similar vision that we will be most effective and influential.
  • We believe that civil society, grass roots activists and children all have the right to participate and express themselves freely and openly in all matters affecting them.

Achievements

  • A successful campaign for a resolution to appoint a Special Representative to the UN Secretary General on Violence Against Children
  • Providing a civil society gateway to the UN Study on Violence Against Children

Enabling organisations and individuals to participate in the Human Rights Council and in the work of the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

  • Enabling organisations to successfully advocate for changes in national legislation to reflect the CRC.
  • Established coordination portal for the European Network of Ombudspersons
  • Promoting the mainstreaming of child rights at the UN, via participation in working groups and at the advisory level.
  • Facilitating communication between governments, activists, NGOs and UN agencies on child rights issues.
  • Supporting the work of the NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and facilitating communication between the NGO Group, civil society and the Committee on the Rights of the Child.
  • Working on a campaign to encourage the establishment of a communications procedure to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.


CRIN organisational
CRIN's head office is in London but we work with a number of consultants and volunteers based around the world. Current staff include: A Director, a Senior Child Rights Officer, three Child Rights Officers (English, French and Arabic), a Legal Coordinator, a Web Editor and an Administrative and Finance Officer. We are also extremely grateful to the many translators and volunteers who contribute many hours of their time to supporting CRIN's work.

CRIN is currently funded by:

The Sigrid Rausing Trust, The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Oak Foundation, a Private Donor and Save the Children Sweden.


Governance
CRIN is an independent, non political, non religious not for profit organisation registered in the United Kingdom and regulated by Companies House and the Charity Commission (Company Limited by Guarantee No 6653398 and Charity No 1125925). CRIN has a Board of Trustees, called the CRIN COUNCIL. Current members are:

Peter Newell (Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children) - Chair Mike Annison, Christian Aid - Treasurer Gema Vicente, Independent Consultant - Secretary Elda Moreno, Council of Europe Sebastian Kohn, Open Society Justice Initiative Knut Haanes, Deputy Ombudsman, Norway Eva Geidenmark, Save the Children Sweden Bill Bell, Save the Children UK Andres Guerrero, UNICEF