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About CRIN

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Our vision

CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike.


Guided by our passion for social and legal change, CRIN is building a global network for children's rights. We press for rights, not charity, and advocate for a genuine systemic shift in how governments and societies view children.

Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all.

More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

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

Current campaigns

Transparency campaign: We launched a campaign to scrutinise how key positions within children's rights are filled, starting with a petition to introduce transparency into the appointment process for the Executive Director of UNICEF.

Our campaign on children and violent sentencing will seek to prohibit and eliminate all violent and inhuman forms of sentencing of children in penal systems around the world, including the death penalty, life imprisonment and corporal punishment.

Complaints Mechanism for Children:
We have heavily lobbying the UN to introduce a complaints mechanism for children under the CRC, the only treaty without such a procedure. This has been adopted by the UN Human Rights Council and is awaiting adoption by the UN General Assembly.

Other Activities 

CRC and strategic litigation: To promote strategic litigation as a tool for change, we are collecting and summarising case law where the CRC has been used to advance children's rights in national and regional courts for our new legal database, “CRC in Court.”

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Monitoring children's rights globally
: We systematically analyse how international bodies address children's rights, highlighting opportunities for advocates' input and action.


We are making information freely available in electronic and hard copy form and many different languages, including English, French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese and Chinese.


On our website, you can find out about national and international child rights laws, child rights mechanisms, and information on child rights in your country

You can also get help with, among other things, your media activities, strategic litigation, as well as submitting reports to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, and to the Human Rights Council.

In fact, you can find NGO alternative reports submitted to the CRC, according to year, country and session, here

You can find news, reports or events on our website too.

We host microsites on Violence Against Children, Discrimination and Rights-Based Programming, as well as the websites of other networks that share our values and goals: the European Network of Ombudspersons (ENOC), the NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Better Care Network and the European Children's Network (EURONET).

The A to Z of child rights, meanwhile, cuts through some of the child rights jargon, while you can find out more about specific issues or themes via our website.

We can also come to you, and save you the bother of coming to us, if you subscribe to our CRINMAILs. These e-letters contain news, information about advocacy initiatives/campaigns, reports, events, and a wealth of other information.



  • A successful campaign for a resolution to appoint a Special Representative to the UN Secretary General on Violence Against Children.
  • A joint campaign to encourage the establishment of a communications procedure to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which has now been adopted by the UN Human Rights Council and is awaiting adoption by the UN General Assembly.
  • 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.


CRIN organisational overview

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.

Established in 1995, CRIN is a fully established global information network. (A historical overview of CRIN is available, in html and pdf format.)


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

Please note, all trustees serve on the board in their personal capacity, and not as representatives of organisations.

To view CRIN's Articles of Association, go here
For our Memorandum of Association, go here
For CRIN final accounts 2012, go here