This study provides an overview of accreditation mechanisms and their role in the Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI). It analyses the use of accreditation mechanisms (also known as certification schemes) as tools to effectively promote the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child at the local level. Drawing on good practices and lessons learned, the report demonstrates how accreditation mechanisms can be developed, used and adapted to different contexts. „Certification Systems and Other Assessment Mechanisms for Child Friendly Cities‟ primarily aims to contribute to future reviews and discussions on Child Friendly City (CFC) strategies within UNICEF. However, it has relevance beyond the organization, and aims to provide useful information for the replication and development of accreditation models.
The report is mainly based on the relatively well documented experience of CFCIs promoted by UNICEF National Committees (Natcoms) in France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. It also draws on information from CFCIs supported by Committees in other parts of the world, and is thus relevant to global initiatives.
The study captures how and why accreditation models have been developed in each country. Accreditation is used as a monitoring, advocacy and awareness-raising tool to accelerate the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The analysis looks at the different means through which accreditation is articulated and demonstrates the ways in which these mechanisms reflect wider considerations such as advocacy opportunities or budget constraints. It also analyses how self-assessment methods may be integrated into accreditation mechanisms.