Measuring Children’s Rights: Why We Need Indicators

The Conference will take place on 21 June 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

The National Coalition Germany (Network for the Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child) will invite experts from Germany and rest of Europe to help develop indicators to measure children´s rights, based on the recommendations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to Germany in January 2014.

While several German statistics are linked to children or some children´s rights, there is no systematic child rights - based data collection that would allow showing a development over a longer period or the implementation of several or all children´s rights.

Why indicators are necessary? 

Child poverty is one of the major children´s rights issues in Germany, as the available numbers show already (Bertelsmann Stiftung, Paritätischer Gesamtverband). However, linking those numbers with access to education, the right to leisure, the right to health and other children´s rights remains a challenge.

Regarding deinstitutionalization, comprehensive disaggregated data is missing, including data on alternative care and guardianship. Data on public spending is currently not analysed from a child rights perspective and was only rarely mentioned during the last report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. It would be particularly useful to raise awareness of this issue among the 120 member organisations of the National Coalition Germany. 

The event will be supported by Eurochild and will engage members from other countries that have experience of developing child-specific indicators. 

Expected Outcomes:

Sharing of information on existing German sources linked to children´s rights

Sharing of information on child rights indicators in other countries

Building civil society consensus on child rights indicators as advocacy goal

Gather interest among research institutions to develop indicators in collaboration with civil society

Find out more about National Coalition Germany here