“CRIN is a global network coordinating and promoting information and action on child rights. Almost 2,000 member organisations and tens of thousands more activists from across the world rely on CRIN for research and information.
CRIN presses for rights, not charity, for children and is guided by a passion for putting children’s rights at the top of the global agenda by addressing root causes and promoting systematic change. Its guiding framework is the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
CRIN’s activities are based on the belief that information is a powerful tool for realising children’s rights. CRIN distributes news, events and reports, lobbies, enables advocacy and promotes knowledge sharing and coordination. CRIN participates in international child rights coalitions and advocacy groups, supports campaigns and makes the UN and regional mechanisms more accessible to those lobbying for social change. […] Established in 1995, CRIN is a fully established global information network.”
(CRIN Website, , accessed on 24 September 2008)
Target group:
“CRIN has a membership of more than 1,900 organisations in 150 countries. About 85 per cent of our members are NGOs; and 65 percent are in the Africa, Asia and Latin America.
In addition to working with member organisations, CRIN services the information needs of 2500 organisations and individuals who have joined our mailing lists.”
(CRIN Website, , accessed on 24 September 2008)
“The Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) is an independent, non-religious, non-political forum committed to facilitating information exchange between child rights professionals in different parts of the world. CRIN aims to collect and disseminate information on child rights in order to promote the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the unique treaty encapsulating the human rights of children. By providing a central 'clearinghouse' for such information and by making information available in a variety of formats and media, CRIN seeks to empower the child rights community and to accelerate the implementation of the CRC.”
(CRIN Website,, accessed on 24 September 2008) 
“CRIN provides information services to child rights professionals and children: an enquiry service (email, a news service, a calendar of events, a publications catalogue. We also produce regular email bulletins, Newsletters and other material designed to help and inform people who work for children.”
(CRIN Website,, accessed on 24 September 2008)  
“The network is supported, and receives funding from Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), Save the Children Sweden, UNICEF Save the Children UK, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Plan International and World Vision International. Project funding is also received from the Westminster Foundation for Democracy”
(CRIN Website, , accessed on 24 September 2008)
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: worldwide
Thematic focus: CRIN focuses on children’s issues, especially on child rights, armed conflict, child labour, children in conflict with the law, children without parental care, disability, discrimination, education, health, HIV and AIDS, children’s access to media, poverty and economics, sexual exploitation, and violence against children. The CRIN website also contains a document section where a collection of key publications on rights-based programming can be found, see (accessed on 24 September 2008).
Reporting methodology:
“CRIN is an international network of 1500 organisations that share and disseminate information about children's rights in order to improve the situation of children worldwide.
The CRIN office is in London, in the United Kingdom, and three people work there full-time to operate the network and coordinate the information.”
(CRIN Website,, accessed on 24 September 2008)  
Publication cycle:
No regular publication cycle.
English, French, Spanish, Arabic
Navigation of website:
Resources > News
Resources > Publications > Latest Publications and Search Publications
Regions > Search by Regions and Countries
Issues > alphabetical list of child rights issues worldwide
Law > search database of international, regional and national ‘instruments’  
Additional references:
OMTC – World Organisation Against Torture: CRIN - Child Rights Information Network (accessed on 24 September 2008)
Social Edge – A program of the Skoll Foundation: Child Rights Information Network (accessed on 24 September 2008)
UNESCO – UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation: Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)                                            (accessed on 24 September 2008)
Wikipedia: Child Rights Information Network        (accessed on 24 September 2008)
All documents available on from this source