Ensuring the proper functioning of public institutions is integral to good governance, yet ensuring and monitoring the requirements of human rights instruments is difficult and measurement of children’s rights even more so. This paper explores some of the factors which impede and promote the public sector responsibilities towards children. The purpose of this analysis is to seek methods of assessing the performance of governments in their roles as protectors of the rights of children according to their international commitments. That assessment must extend beyond simple procedural responses to demands and consider the performance of governments in providing services to children and in protecting their rights. The multiplicity of actors involved in the process is described and the related problems for cooperation and effective implementation considered.

Sustainable Development Goals:
Related Subject(s): Children and Youth

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  • Published online: 30 Jun 2012
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