International Bureau for Children's rights
Founded in 1994, the International Bureau for Children’s Rights — the “Bureau” or “IBCR” — is an international
non-governmental organisation that has special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the
United Nations (ECOSOC).
Driven by the desire to build a world in which children’s rights are fully respected, the IBCR helps promote and
protect these rights while remaining true to our values of responsibility, collaboration and respect. Wherever
we intervene, the IBCR adapts its work methods to the local context and the needs of our partners. We aim to
leverage local knowledge and foster child participation with a view to creating a lasting impact.
The IBCR’s headquarters are in Montreal, where some 30 professionals, backed by qualified interns, provide
technical expertise to child intervention experts in the Americas, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. We also operate
three satellite offices in Burkina Faso, Costa Rica and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Here, field coordinators
and agents work alongside our partners. The IBCR team also includes Canadian volunteers who are deployed to
Latin America, the Caribbean and West and North Africa.
Every child is a full subject of law. Children have the right to express their views, to learn, to live free of all forms
of violence, exploitation, abuse and negligence. Children have the right to have their best interests taken into
consideration whenever decisions are made about them, directly or indirectly. The IBCR’s mission is to contribute
to the respect and promotion of children’s rights, in accordance with the commitments outlined in the Convention
on the Rights of the Child and its optional protocols.
As a centre of technical expertise in children’s rights, the IBCR endeavours to strengthen the capacities of those
who work directly with children by sharing knowledge and best practices or by developing tools and reference
guides. The IBCR collaborates with social workers, members of security and armed forces, legal representatives,
NGOs, government agencies and the formal and informal private sectors, with a view to helping them adopt
child‑friendly practices. The IBCR also uses its expertise to raise awareness among decision makers and encourage
them to adopt laws and programs that uphold children’s rights more appropriately.
Women and gender equality
Social Services/Child Protection
Trade and Labor