Advocating change

Our advocacy contributes to creating the key conditions for change across all countries and regions where we operate, securing high-level political will, generating evidence and know-how, strengthening civil society and mobilising resources for child-protection reform.

We achieve this in a number of ways:

  • we use evidence from our demonstration projects to show governments and civil society organisations that deinstitutionalisation can work and to advocate for change on a bigger scale
  • we lobby to influence the process of law and policy-making and we closely monitor their implementation
  • we strengthen our partners’ capacity to advocate effectively and we build critical mass by establishing national and international alliances
  • we unify the voices of individuals and organisations that share the goal of eradicating institutional care through our global campaigns
  • we target global influencers such as the European Union, UN agencies and development donors, to secure their support and mobilise resources
  • we work in partnership with international bodies in Geneva, Brussels and New York to exchange knowledge and secure a place on the agenda for the global eradication of institutional care of children

Advocacy campaigns

Opening Doors Campaign

The Opening Doors for Europe’s Children campaign aims to develop child protection systems that strengthen families and ensure family and community-based alternative care for children. It achieves this by leveraging EU policy and funding and by building advocacy capacity in civil society. The campaign is in action across 15 European countries.

Opening Doors has already contributed to significant breakthroughs across a number of EU countries – particularly, the inclusion of deinstitutionalisation as one of the priorities for the use of European Structural and Investment Funds. Read more at this link.

EU External Action

We believe the European Union also has an important role to play beyond its borders. As a key political player and major funder of international development, we call on the EU to prioritise child protection reform and the eradication of institutional care in its external action.

Transform Alliance Africa

The Alliance brings together 14 partner organisations, representing seven countries, committed to a vision of an Africa free of institutional care, where all children belong and grow up in safe and loving families. Its mission is to be the catalyst to end institutional care of children in Africa by bringing together the partners’ collective voices, knowledge, practice and experience to strengthen families. Through the Alliance, we provide support for partners to convene key stakeholders – including government agencies – in their own countries to negotiate buy-in to national deinstitutionalisation reform. Read more at this link.

  • Contact us

    If you would like to learn more about our professional or advocacy work please do get in touch using the form on the right.

    Alternatively you can ask to speak to a member of our UK programmes team on 01722 790 111