Children’s rights research
People are informed about children's rights worldwide. KidsRights conducts research to provide information on children's rights. Our research provides a scientific background to our programs to improve international children’s rights. Every year we publish the KidsRights Index and a KidsRights Report.
With the KidsRights Index we wish to stimulate the debate on children's rights. It is a tool for governments, organizations, children and basically everyone to take action for children's rights. Based on the results of the Index, KidsRights advises governments on what they can do to improve children’s development.
Each winner of the International Children's Peace Prize is dedicated to a specific child rights theme. KidsRights conducts research on these themes to provide background to our work and that of the winners. The research is published in our KidsRights Reports. Among other children’s rights themes, reports have been published about street children, child labor and child participation.
The research and research report are conducted in collaboration with Leiden University and NautaDutilh. Governments, aid agencies and children, such as The KidsRights Youngsters, use the reports in their work.
The KidsRights Index is the first and only annual ranking that measures how children's rights are respected worldwide and to what extent countries are working towards improving the rights of children. This Index shows how countries score worldwide on children's rights. The KidsRights Index has been prepared in cooperation with the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
The KidsRights Index shows that countries don’t fully comply with international agreements on children’s rights. Vulnerable and marginalised children, including refugee children, migrant children, disabled children, street children and indigenous children, are still widely discriminated against. Countries should do more to protect these children. Moreover, countries should do more to make sure that children are being heard, have a say in issues that affect them directly and can take action themselves.