The Secretariat is headed by one or two of the Key institutions. Its main task is to assist the Key Institutions in maintaining and increasing a flow of communication within the network.
The Secretariat initiates and promotes new research projects and initiatives; supports the exchange of knowledge and experiences between Key Institutions; identifies and disseminates information about conferences, workshops, events and publications on child rights research; and guarantees the communication within the Network. Moreover, the Secretariat, together with the Board and the Executive Committee, reviews the issue of potential or emerging Key Institutions, particularly in parts of the world where the network is not well represented.
The Secretariat is currently based at CINDE (International Center for Education and Human Development) in Bogotá, Colombia.