Vision and Mission

Terms of Reference of the four Working Groups of the National Body on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (NBCRC)

On the strength of Note 1, Article 9 of the NBCRC’s Constitution (promulgated on 17 April 2012 No. 12068 by the Cabinet of Ministers) and in light of achieving the goals of the above Constitution, the present Terms of Reference for the four thematic Working Groups of the NBCRC is hereby approved as below:

Article 1)In accordance with article 9 of NBCRC Constitution, the following four permanent expert Working Groups shall be established:
a. The Monitoring and Evaluation Working Group
b. The Legal and Judicial Working Group
c. The Education and Information Dissemination Working Group
d. The Support and Coordination Working Group

Article 2) Working Group members shall be designated for a period of three years at the request of NBCRC Secretariat, and as proposed by the bodies and organizations specified in this TOR. All designations shall be communicated by NBCRC Secretary.

Article 3)Each Working Group shall have necessary and sufficient number of members, who shall be competent experts in relevant fields from both governmental and nongovernmental sectors. However, at the suggestion of the Working Group Chairperson and through the Secretary, it would be permissible to invite other experts and professionals to participate in Working Groups as non-voting members, with due consideration to laws and regulations.
Note: Should non-voting members fail to continue cooperating with Working Groups, the relevant organization shall introduce a new expert to the Working Group within 15 days.

Article 4) Working Groups, upon convening their first session, shall each elect a chairperson from among their members.
Note: Working Group secretaries shall be designated from among the Secretariat's experts.

Article 5) Working Group sessions shall be held as required and shall be official with participation of two thirds of permanent members.

Article 6) Suggestions by the Working Groups, after approval by majority of present members, shall be submitted to NBCRC’s Secretary in order for review and endorsement in the Coordination Council.

Article 7)Each Working Group is responsible for constantly monitoring implementation of the articles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, with the aim of recording possible violations of the rights, and conveying them to NBCRC Secretariat together with recommendations.

Article 8) Should Working Group members need to visit institutions and centers dealing with children anywhere in the country, relevant permissions shall be issued by pertinent organizations at the suggestion of the Working Group Chairperson or the NBCRC’s Secretary.

Article 9) Members of the Monitoring and Evaluation Working Group shall represent the following ministries and organizations:
- Ministry of Health and Medical Education
- Ministry of Education
- Ministry of Information (Intelligence)
- Ministry of Justice
- Ministry of Interior
- Ministry of Sports and Youth
- The Chief Inspector's Office
- The Law Enforcement Forces (The Police)
- The Prisons Organization
- The Judiciary’s Office for Defending the Rights of Women and Children

Article 10)The M&E Working Group is responsible for regular monitoring and evaluating the performance of governmental executive organizations and institutes as well as nongovernmental organizations dealing with children, and present their reports (including suggestions) to NBCRC Secretariat. In case the M&E Working Group needs to visit and investigate any of the above-mentioned organizations, centers, etc., it may do so by submitting a formal request to the NBCRC Secretary, who in turn shall raise the matter in the Coordination Council (the relevant Working Group chairperson may also be invited, if needed). Following approval of the request by the above Council, necessary coordination shall be made in order for the visit/investigation to take place.

Note: The NBCRC Secretariat is responsible for providing necessary conditions for establishment of an electronic short messaging system in order for receiving and collecting information from people on observance of children’s rights in the country, and widely inform the public of the same.

Article 11) Members of the Legal and Judicial Working Group shall represent the following ministries and organizations:
- The Ministry of Justice
- The Judiciary's Legal Department
- The State Chief Prosecutor
- The Prisons Organization
- The Parliament's Research Center
- The Justice Department of Tehran province (preferably the Office for Children and Women's Affairs)
- The Prosecutor of Tehran province (preferably the Office for Children and Women's Affairs)
- The Bar Association (central branch) and the Judiciary's Center for Counselors, Lawyers and Legal Experts
- Law Enforcement Forces (The Police)
- The Legal Department of President's Office
- The Judicial Commission of the Expediency Discernment Council

Article 12) The Legal and Judicial Working Group, in accordance with Article 11 of NBCRC Constitution, is responsible for identifying legal and judicial gaps/challenges with regard to implementation of articles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and present related practical recommendations to NBCRC Secretariat for submission to the Coordination Council.

Note: The Legal and Judicial Working Group shall review judicial laws, regulations and procedures and their implementation, together with proposed bills, with a view to identifying their strengths and weaknesses, and subsequently prepare and submit a report to NBCRC Secretariat.

Article 13) Members of the Education and Information Dissemination Working Group shall represent the following ministries and organizations:
- Ministry of Education
- Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance
- Ministry of Science, Research and Technology
- Ministry of Justice
- Ministry of Health and Medical Education
- Islamic Republic of Iran's Broadcasting (IRIB)
- The State Welfare Organization
- The Center For Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adolescents
- Municipality of Tehran
- Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)
- The Bar Association (central branch) and the Judiciary's Center for Counselors, Lawyers and Legal Experts

Article 14) The Education and Information Dissemination Working Group, according to Article 12 of NBCRC Constitution, is responsible for developing child rights awareness raising programmes for children, parents, government authorities and NGOs, and presenting them to NBCRC Secretariat for subsequent submission to the Coordination Council.

Note: The Education and Information Dissemination Working Group, using capacities of organizations dealing with child rights issues for collecting, processing and using relevant data on information, shall present its recommendations to NBCRC Secretariat.

Article 15) Members of the Support and Coordination Working Group shall represent the following ministries and organizations:
- The President's Office for Strategic Planning and Monitoring
- The Judiciary's Crime Prevention Department
- Ministry of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Ministry of Education
- Ministry of Justice
- Ministry of Health and Medical Education
- Ministry of Interior
- The Judiciary’s Office for Defending the Rights of Women and Children
- The Presidential Center for Women and Family Affairs
- The StateWelfare Organization
- The Prisons Organization
- The Red Crescent Society
- Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation (IKRF)
- Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)
- Municipality of Tehran
- Association of Iranian Social Workers

Article 16
) The Support and Coordination Working Group, in accordance with Article 13 of NBCRC Constitution, is responsible for identifying existing support capacities for protecting children, in particular protecting children in difficult conditions, and presenting practical recommendations to NBCRC Secretary for subsequent submission to the Coordination Council.
Note 1:The Support and Coordination Working Group shall identify and review risk factors for children in order to develop pertinent protection mechanisms for submission to NBCRC Secretary.
Note 2: The Support and Coordination Working Group shall develop programmes on prevention initiatives and submit them to NBCRC Secretary.
Note 3: The Support and Coordination Working Group, making use of existing national and international capacities, shall present its recommendations on protecting children and preserving the best interests of the child (to NBCRC Secretary).
*The present Terms of Reference, consisting of 16 Articles and 8 Notes, was approved by all members of the Coordination Council of NBCRC in its third session on 26 January 2013, and was given final endorsement by Minister of Justice and Head of NBCRC Mr. Bakhtiari on 5 February 2013.

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Article 2- Powers and duties of NBCRC are as follows: 
a) Formulate plans and programs to advocate for child rights and respecting the child's personality
b) Perform monitoring and evaluation of observance of child rights at national level
c) Offer consultation with respect to laws, regulations, practices and plans regarding child rights to executive bodies and non-governmental organizations and institutions
d) Propose amendments to existing laws and regulations and prepare drafts of legal bills to be submitted to the Coordinating Council
e) Prepare the national report on child rights in collaboration and partnership with other relevant bodies and submit the same to domestic and international , the latter via Foreign Ministry after approval thereof by the Coordinating Council
f) Prepare reports on cases of violation of child rights and submit the same to competent domestic authorities in accordance with relevant laws and regulations after approval thereof by the Coordinating Council
g) Conduct studies on child rights in collaboration with scientific institutes
h) Prepare annual and case reports and submit the same to heads of the three branches of the government and the Office of the Supreme Leader after approval thereof by the Coordinating Council
i) Regularly disseminate information/knowledge and raise public awareness on issues related to child rights in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting and other mass media
j) Coordinate exchange of scientific and research data with domestic and international institutes with respect to child rights
k) Work with international organizations and institutes to advocate for child rights in collaboration with relevant authorities via Foreign Ministry



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