Source description last updated: 14 January 2020

In brief: The Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) is a London-based international research, policy and advocacy organisation working to advance children’s rights

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„CRIN was established in 1995 and was hosted by Save the Children UK until 2008.” The organisation is registered as an independent not-for-profit organisation in the United Kingdom […]. […]

CRIN consists of a board of trustees, called the CRIN Council, a Director and a team of staff.“ (CRIN: Governance, undated). Some of CRIN’s core staff members are based in London, while others work in the Middle East and other parts of the world. (CRIN: What lies beneath, 14 March 2018, p. 45)

„We challenge the status quo because the norms that dictate children’s place in society need radical change. We press for rights - not charity - and campaign for a genuine shift in how governments and societies view and treat children. Through research, artwork and our vision for the future, we encourage people to think critically about the world.“ (CRIN: The CRIN Code, undated)

„Our goal is a world where children’s human rights are recognised, respected and enforced, and where every rights violation has a remedy.“ (CRIN: The CRIN Code, undated)

„We monitor the full scope of children’s rights issues and carry out new research where necessary“ (CRIN: Evidence, undated). „We use Open Source Software wherever possible and are working to release all of our materials and publications under the Creative Commons license“ (CRIN: Governance, undated).


During 2018, CRIN received a total of 921,748 GBP in income. Most of the funds stemmed from the following donors: Action Aid, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Oak Foundation, Save the Children Sweden, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), Open Society Institute, Défense des Enfants, Results Educational Trust, UNESCO and a private donor (CRIN: Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2018, undated, p. 18)

Scope of reporting:

Geographic focus: all countries

Thematic focus: issues pertaining to children’s rights including access to health care and education, child labour, armed conflict (with children involved), religion, sexual exploitation, discrimination and parental care


CRIN reports are written in narrative style and are based on research in public sources (see all reports cited below) and, in some instances, interviews with persons knowledgeable about the topic (see, for example, CRIN: Czech Republic: First steps taken on ending anti-Roma discrimination in schools, 13 September 2017, p. 4). While some reports (including submissions to the United Nations) may contain footnotes with references to sources (see, for example, CRIN: DEATH PENALTY: Submission for the UN Secretary­ General’s report to the Human Rights Council on the  question of the death penalty, 15 April 2016 and CRIN: Inhuman sentencing of children in Zimbabwe, 11 March 2016), other reports do not include such references but may mention sources in the text body (see, for example, CRIN: RUSSIA: ‘Gay propaganda’ law remains in place, but complaints against it continue, April 2019, CRIN: Czech Republic: First steps taken on ending anti-Roma discrimination in schools, 13 September 2017 and CRIN: BANGLADESH: Mandatory death penalty declared void after 14‐year legal battle, 2 March 2016).

Languages of publication:

English and Spanish

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