Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

Basic facts about the CRC
The reporting process
Guide for NGO submissions to the CRC
Useful guides & Links

Basic facts

The reporting process

  1. The state prepares and submits its report, in consultation with civil society.
  2. Civil society organisations and national human rights institutions may submit ‘shadow reports’ with their own evidence.
  3. The Committee presents its ‘List of Issues’ to the State Party, highlighting any problems with implementation of the Convention.
  4. The state party presents a response to the List of Issues
  5. The Committee and state party meet, and have constructive dialogue about the issues
  6. The Committee issues its concluding observations, including their recommendations for improvement
  7. The state party implements the recommendations, sometimes submitting follow-up reports. Civil society organisations may also submit follow-up reports to the Committee

Guide for NGO submissions to the CRC

  • The Committee welcomes international, regional, national and local organisations to submit written reports on how the Convention is being implemented in a country.
  • Information may be submitted by individual NGOs or coalitions of NGOs, as well as by National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and Ombudspersons.
  • Joint submissions are encouraged, as are submissions by children
  • All reports should be submitted electronically, in WORD format only, through the Child Rights Connect website.
  • They can be comprehensive (maximum 10.000 words) or thematic (maximum 3.000 words).
  • Submissions from children’s own organisations can use other communication formats and, when in writing do not have a word limit.
  • Organisations should clearly indicate whether their report is confidential or if they wish the Committee to make it public.
  • Reports that are submitted for publication on OHCHR’s website should not contain names, personal details, photos or any other information that might identify an individual child.
  • NGOs who submit reports to the Committee may also request to participate in the pre-sessional working group; a confidential, interactive meeting between the Committee and United Nations bodies and specialized agencies, NGOs, NHRIs and children.
  • Requests should be submitted through the Child Rights Connect website, when submitting the report or at least two months prior to the beginning of the pre-sessional working group concerned.
  • Based on the submissions and requests received, the Committee will issue a written invitation to selected organisations to participate in the pre-sessional working group.

Useful Guides and Links

UK State Party reports and Concluding Observations

Civil society guides and submissions

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