The 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child obliges parties to ensure all children have a fair chance in life. The development of national and international policies that provide all children and youth the best possible start in life and support a successful transition to adulthood requires robust and reliable information on a wide range of areas affecting children’s lives. The measurement and monitoring of children’s and youth’s well-being has improved in the last decade, but data gaps remain, particularly for children in the most vulnerable positions, including children experiencing violence, children in alternative care, and children with disabilities.
To improve the situation, an expert task force under the Conference of European Statisticians developed the present Guidance, which consists of the following chapters:
- Chapter 1: Introduction
- Chapter 2: General issues for statistics on children and youth
- Chapter 3: Statistics on violence against children
- Chapter 4: Statistics on children in alternative care
- Chapter 5: Statistics on children with disabilities
- Chapter 6: Ethical considerations for the collection and dissemination of data on children
- Chapter 7: Conclusions, recommendations and further work
The Guidance takes an important step towards improving the availability, quality, and international comparability of statistics on children and youth.
The Guidance was endorsed by the 70th plenary session of the Conference of European Statisticians in 2022.