9th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators:(14 – 16 February 2024) BHUBANESHWAR-INDIA: NLUO

9th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators:(14 – 16 February 2024) BHUBANESHWAR-INDIA: NLUO

9th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators:

The National Law University Odisha (NLUO) was established in 2009 by Act IV of 2008 of the State of Odisha. The University is located in the city of Cuttack, where the seat of Orissa High Court is also situated. The Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court is the Chancellor of the University and the Chief Justice of India, or their nominee from among the Supreme Court Judges, is the Visitor of the University. The University is recognised under Section 12(b) of the UGC Act 1956 and has been accredited with an ‘A’ grade by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). The University has been consistently placed high by different ranking and accreditation agencies, both public and private.

The International Society for Child Indicators (ISCI) is an international organisation that is home to researchers, data users, child advocates, and policymakers. It has made considerable advances in developing and using indicators to measure the well-being of children and adolescents.
The ISCI Inaugural Conference on “Child Indicators: Diverse Approaches to a Shared Goal” (June 2007) dealt with several themes such as the theory and conceptual framework of child indicators, development of policy using child indicators and children’s involvement in measurement and implementation of indicators. Since then, ISCI has organised 8 Biennial International Conferences exploring the use of child indicators to improve the well-being of children in a globalised world and to assess children’s subjective well-being from an international perspective.

In 2024, ISCI is going to hold its 9th International Conference for the second time in Asia.


  1. Essence of Childhoods
    Sub Themes
  • Universalism of Values vis-à-vis Cultural Relativism
  • Childhoods in Countries with Varying Economic Status – Socio-Cultural Understandings of Childhoods
  • Legal Understandings of Childhoods
  • Psychological Understandings of Childhoods
  • Gendered Childhoods
  • Childhoods in Marginalised Communities
  1. Children’s Wellbeing and Happiness
    Sub Themes
  • From Children’s Welfare to Children’s Wellbeing – Understanding Wellbeing and Happiness
  • Wellbeing Indicators: Children vis-à-vis Adults
  • Happiness Indicators: Children vis-à-vis Adults
  • Role of Child Rights in Promoting Wellbeing and Happiness
  • Best Practices for Promoting Children’s Wellbeing and Happiness – Role of Child Indicators Research in Influencing Public Policy
  • Methodologies for Understanding Children’s Wellbeing and
  1. Health of Children
    Sub Themes
  • Health Indicators for Children
  • Children’s Experience With Healthcare Services
  • Access to Healthcare Facilities: Public vis-à-vis Private
  • Schemes, Policies and Programs Affecting Children’s Health
  • Cultural Practices Affecting Children’s Health (Circumcision, Female
    Genital Mutilation etc.)
  • Growing Up in a Technological Environment
  • Health of Children in Difficult Circumstances;
    ▪Substance Abuse
    ▪Domestic Violence
    ▪Sexual Exploitation/Violence/Abuse ▪Spatial Constraints
    ▪Child Labour
    ▪Children With Disabilities
    ▪Being a Girl Child
    ▪Mental Health Issues
    ▪Children in Institutional Care
  1. Children’s Education
    Sub Themes
  • What Children want to learn?
  • Sites of Learning: Homes, Neighbourhood, Schools, Child Care
    Institutions, Popular Culture
  • How do Children want to learn?
  • Schemes and Initiatives for Children’s Education – Alternative Education for Children
  • Education in Natural Disasters
  • Accessibility to Education
  • Inclusivity in Education
  1. Food and Child Wellbeing
    Sub Themes
  • Access to Food
  • Addressing Malnutrition
  • Child Targeted Advertising: Marketing of Junk Food – Breast Milk Substitutes
  • Nutrition in Child Care Institutions

6. Children’s Freedom of Choice
Sub Themes

  • Evolving capacities and Children’s Opinion- Addressing Malnutrition – Balancing Children’s Privacy and Parental control
  • Sexual Autonomy
  • Child Marriage
  • Manipulating Children’s Choice: The Effect of Tobacco Advertising
  1. Basic Rights for Children’s Happiness and Wellbeing
    Sub Themes
  • Right to Survival
  • Right to Family
  • Right to Identity
  • Right to Development – Right to Protection
  • Right to Participation
  • Children in Difficult Circumstances –
  • Harmonising the Basic Rights
  1. Children’s Access to Justice
    Sub Themes
  • Understanding Children’s Access to Justice
  • Child Advocacy
  • Children’s Voices in the Institutional Decision-Making –
  • Legal Aid for Children
  • Support System in Legal Proceedings


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