Child rights situation analysis
Guidelines and toolts for undertaking child rights situation analyses
A multi-dimensional situation analysis focussing on child rights helps ensure that programmes and policies are better informed. It involves collecting relevant information to enable realistic assessment of what needs to be done in order to improve the lives of children.
These guidelines show how increasingly there has been a clear and strong focus on children's participation in the project and policy level. The authors argue that it is important to ensure the incorporation of views and concerns of all children which includes alternatives to physical participation of children. The publication focuses on child rights situation analysis (CRSA) specifically and provides methods through which the analysis can be carried out.
The guidelines emphasise that there is no single detailed blueprint for conducting a child rights based situation analysis, given the vast variation in the circumstances in which programs are implemented. Throughout the CRSA, information needs to be collected, checked for gaps and then more information collected. The tools provided need to be used throughout the CRSA process. They can be used to initiate the collection of data and information about the social, cultural, and legal frameworks of the country and whenever there are perceived gaps in information. Sources for further tools and information are also provided.