Child Protection Index 2.0 presented in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Source: The Network of NGO’s “Stronger Voice for Children” in Bosnia and Herzegovina

After a year of dedicated work, the Network Stronger Voice for Children promoted The Child Protection Index 2.0 for Bosnia and Herzegovina in partnership with World Vision Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Many representatives of governmental institutions, CSOs and International agencies participated to the event.

This unique and eagerly anticipated Report is the result of a joint one-year work of 14 experts in the field of child protection and legal professionals dedicated to children, their rights and well-being. The report  provides the most recent overview of the state of government efforts towards achieving commitments undertaken by signing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Viewed through an impressive number of indicators (987), the Index provides an insight into the progress made in critical areas such as: protecting children from discrimination, registering children by birth, protecting children separated from parents, protecting children from all forms of violence, protecting children without parental care, protecting children from economic exploitation, drug abuse, sexual exploitation, abductions, protecting children of refugees and asylum seekers, children victims of torture and degrading treatment, and children in conflict with the law. By focusing on four primary areas – vulnerability of children, management environment, prevention of all forms of violence and social work capacity, the Index sees five dimensions of government actions: policies and laws, services, capacities / resources, coordination and accountability.

Compared to 2016, when the Child Protection Index was measured for the first time in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the new Report shows progress in almost all metering areas, but also underlines those domains in which Bosnia and Herzegovina made a step backward, providing precise findings and recommendations for improvement. In the year in which we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and we expect the adoption of a new Progress Report on the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Child Protection Index 2.0 will gain additional value and relevance.

You can download the report here.

The Child Protection Index for Bosnia and Herzegovina aims to initiate a constructive discussion on evidence based data and targeted action to change policies and services for the benefit of children in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Concrete actions will be taken as a result of the given recommendations, in wide partnership of stakeholders. In 2015, supported by World Vision and BMZ Germany, ChildPact piloted Child Protection Index in nine countries, among which was also Bosnia and Herzegovina.