Created in 1995, the Child rights Institute (IDE) is:
- A recognized training centre in children's rights for all professionals working for and with children in Switzerland and abroad.
- A Swiss private law foundation active in numerous awareness-raising activities to promote children's rights and to enforce the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- A scientific centre solicited by numerous networks of experts and institutions working for the respect of children's rights.
The IDE obtained the UN ECOSOC Status in 2003, renewed in 2009, 2015 and 2021.
IDE's three main lines of action:
1. The training of professionals working with and for children, so that children's rights are better known, respected and implemented.
2. Raising awareness of the public and professionals on the existence, content, and requirements of children's rights, as defined by the Convention, its three additional protocols and other relevant international treaties and documents.
3. The development of teaching materials and the publication of scientific works.
IDE is a member of the Child Rights Network Switzerland, an association of Swiss Non-Governmental Organisations, committed to the recognition and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Switzerland. The main task of the network is to report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, which regularly examines progress and obstacles to the implementation of children's rights in Switzerland.