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The KidsRights Index is the annual global index which ranks how countries adhere to and are equipped to improve children’s rights. The KidsRights Index is an initiative of the KidsRights Foundation, in cooperation with Erasmus University Rotterdam; Erasmus School of Economics and the International Institute of Social Studies. It comprises a ranking for all UN member states that have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and for which sufficient data is available, a total of 165 countries. The Index pools data from two reputable sources: quantitative data published each year in the ‘State of the World’s Children’ and qualitative data published by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in its Concluding Observations for all countries that participate in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The KidsRights Index exists of 5 domains: 

  1. Right to Life
  2. Right to Health
  3. Right to Education
  4. Right to Protection
  5. Enabling Environment for Child Rights


Overall ranking
Countries Overall score Missing values
of 20 indicators
1 Norway 0.94 5
2 Netherlands 0.93 4
3 Portugal 0.93 5
4 Iceland 0.92 4
5 Slovakia 0.92 5
6 Spain 0.91 4
7 Ireland 0.91 4
8 Sweden 0.90 3
9 Tunisia 0.90 2
10 France 0.90 4
11 Switzerland 0.90 5
12 Austria 0.89 6


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KidsRights Index 2015: Countries worldwide fail to protect children's rights.

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KidsRights Index 2015 Report

A report on the results of the KidsRights Index 2015

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An easy overview of the KidsRights Index 2015.

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