16. Notwithstanding the detailed information provided by the State party, the Committee regrets that the data provided by the State party lack specificity about the amount of the budget allocated to children.
17. In light of article 4 of the Convention, the Committee recommends that the State party identify the amount and proportion of the State budget spent on children in the public, private and NGO sectors in order to evaluate the impact and effect of the expenditures and also, in view of the costs, the accessibility, and the quality and effectiveness of the services for children in the different sectors.
18. The Committee acknowledges the considerable and well detailed data included in the State party’s reports and the intention of the State party to provide guidelines in 2002 to ministries and institutions involved with children with a view to obtaining standardised and coordinated data on children. However, it expresses its concern at the lack of a unified and adequate data-collection mechanisms within the State party to ensure the collection of disaggregated data on all aspects of the Convention to be used for the effective monitoring and evaluation of progress achieved and the assessment of the impact of policies adopted with respect to children. It further notes that there is a lack of data on the scope of HIV/AIDS in the Principality of Andorra.
19. The Committee encourages the State party to continue its efforts to develop a comprehensive system of data collection incorporating all the areas covered by the Convention. Such a system should cover all children below the age of 18 years, with specific emphasis on those who are particularly vulnerable.
20. While noting initial efforts to disseminate the Convention among NGOs and the media, the Committee considers that education for children and the public at large and training activities for professional groups on children's rights need ongoing attention.
21. The Committee recommends that the State party:
(a) renew its efforts to disseminate the Convention both to children and to the broader public, including appropriate material specifically for children translated in the different languages spoken in the Principality of Andorra, including the ones of migrant children;
(b) encourage the study on the evaluation of dissemination activities;
(c) undertake systematic education and training programmes on the provisions of the Convention for all professional groups working for and with children, such as judges, lawyers, law enforcement officials, civil servants, teachers, health personnel including psychologists, and social workers.
Cooperation with NGOs
22. The Committee expresses its concern that the State party’s cooperation with NGOs at national level is not developed enough.
23. The Committee encourages the State party to take adequate steps to improve its cooperation with NGOs at national level.
2. Definition of the child
41. The Committee expresses its concern about the health problems faced by adolescents within the State party, including drug abuse, and the fact that they make little use of the health services available to them. In particular, it takes note of the number of cases of anxiety and depression affecting children and of the fact that psychological treatments for children are not covered by the national security.
42. The Committee recommends that the State party:
(a) continue with and expand the services provided by Consulta Jove;
(b) continue and strengthen its activities to prevent HIV/AIDS and STDs , drug and other substances abuse and unwanted pregnancies, and strengthen the programme of health education in schools;
(c) undertake a study on child mental health, in particular anxiety and depression, and take measures to prevent and combat them;
(d) ensure that psychological treatments for children are covered by the national social security system.
6. Special protection measures