Additional Resources
last updated 6 June 2013
Additional Resources on the Complaint Mechanism
The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure will enter into force when it has been ratified by ten State parties. As of June 2013, the Optional Protocol had been ratified by four State parties to the Convention.

Additional Resources on the Reporting Procedure
The website for the Committee on the Rights of the Child includes text of the Convention and Optional Protocols, status of ratification, reservations and declarations, general recommendations of the Committee, and the calendar of sessions, which includes State party reports, lists of issues, NGO shadow reports, and concluding observations.
The Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) is a global network that disseminates information about children's rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child to NGOs, UN agencies, inter-governmental bodies and others. 
Child Rights Connect (formerly the NGO Group for the CRC) also provides support to NGOs in the reporting process.  Child Rights Connect is a coalition of international NGOs which works through the Committee secretariat and working groups to facilitate the promotion, implementation, and monitoring of the CRC. Child Rights Connect has developed a number of practical tools, including guides to assist NGOs interested in submitting alternative reports to the Committee.
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) published Working with the United National Human Rights Programme: A Handbook for Civil Societyin 2008. That same year, the Center for Reproductive Rights published a an update  to Bringing Rights to Bear, which includes briefing papers on Freedom from Violence,  Female Genital Mutilation, and Rights within Marriage and the Family, as well as other topics of women’s rights.
Additional information on writing and strategically using shadow reports, as well as sample NGO reports, can be found in the Human Rights Investigation and Documentation section of this website.