Advocacy

What is Child advocacy?

Advocacy is speaking out for children and empowering them to speak out for themselves . Many of our staff undertake advocacy every day in their work by speaking up for children whenever the opportunity arises.The important thing is to move beyond these ad hoc opportunities to a strategic and well-planned approach.

Advocacy aims to change policies and legislation so they will have a positive effect on children’s lives. It also aims to change the way decision-making happens to make it more inclusive.This involves building children’s skills and confidence so they can be effective advocates, creating opportunities for civil society groups to take part in decision-making, and addressing society’s norms and attitudes relating to children. Advocacy is also, crucially, about making sure that policies designed to benefit children are put into practice. 

Advocacy is a positive action offering credible alternatives?

It is not only against something; it must also offer positive alternatives.

Advocacy is about policy and change for children

It is directed at those who have the power to influence children’s lives.The goal is institutional change. Children’s issues must be framed in political language.

Advocacy requires clear goals and measurable objectives:

This sounds simple, but it can be the difficult part.

Advocacy is a long-term process rather than a one-off event:

You need specific objectives in the short term as well as wider goals in the long term.

Advocacy is not an end in itself

It is the means to an end – that of improving children’s lives. Getting an issue on the agenda is not enough. It is important to follow it through. 

Advocacy depends on alliances:

It is built on alliances with others, including civil society organisations, people with influence over decision-makers, private companies and the public.The larger your support base, the greater the chances you will achieve your advocacy goal..