Child Protection Index

Child Protection Index (CPI) is a statistical tool for measuring government efforts in the field of child protection. The CPI was designed and developed by ChildPact and World Vision for three interrelated purposes:

  1. to provide child-focused civil society with a unified, evidence-based instrument for advocacy and partnership;
  2. to improve government accountability through analysis of current policy efforts and implementation gaps and
  3. to enable concerned citizens and activists to easily access information on how governments are working in a field of child protection.

In 2014-2015, the CPI was piloted in 9 countries in the Wider Black Sea region (Albania, Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Romania and Serbia). The results were presented in 2016 in a series of public events and made available on a dedicated website (

Read more about results and comparative analysis HERE.


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The Index framework includes a series of 626 indicators that together measure a state’s policy and actions towards greater child protection. The indicators are drawn from four sources. The first set of indicators draws from quantitative data about the current child protection status of girls and boys in each country. The second set of indicators comes from Article 4 of the UNCRC which requires that states apply all appropriate measures within the toolbox of government action to achieve child protection. Third, the Index uses specific child protection articles from the UNCRC and principles from the systems approach to child protection as the common foundation and matrix for its qualitative indicators. To unpack each Article’s requirements, the Index framework heavily relies on the Implementation Handbook for the Convention on the Rights of the Child published by UNICEF. The Handbook provides a series of “yes”, “no” and “partially-implemented” checklists to create an understanding of each Article’s significance.

UNCRC articles chosen are those associated with every child’s right not to be subjected to harm. The articles together form adequate responses to prevent and respond to violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect experienced by girls and boys in all settings. The following UNCRC articles form the basis of the Index:

  • Article 9 Separation from parents
  • Article 19 Child’s right to protection from all forms of violence
  • Article 20 Children deprived of their family environment
  • Article 21  Adoption
  • Article 23 Rights of children with disabilities
  • Article 25 Periodic review of treatment (integrated with other articles, where relevant)
  • Article 32 Child labour
  • Article 33 Children and drug abuse
  • Article 34 Sexual exploitation of children
  • Article 35 Prevention of abduction, sale and trafficking
  • Article 36 Protection from other forms of exploitation
  • Article 38 Protection of children affected by armed conflict
  • Article 39 Rehabilitation of child victims (integrated with other articles, where relevant)


Jocelyn Penner Hall is Director of Policy for World Vision International’s Middle East and Eastern Europe Office. Jocelyn holds a BA in international studies and economics, a JD in law and an LLM in international human rights law. Prior to her commitment to World Vision, Jocelyn worked as a visiting clerk at the Inter-American Court for Human Rights in Costa Rica.

Andy Guth is one of the leading child protection specialists in the region, with over 26 years of work experience in child welfare and protection. His portfolio includes work with various national and international NGOs, United Nations agencies, and governments. Starting in 1997, Mr. Guth was directly involved in the design and implementation of the Child Welfare Reform strategies and programmes for Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Russia and Croatia.

Read more about all contributors and national teams @