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
Our global impact

Advocacy campaigns

Opening Doors Campaign (2013-2019)

In 2013, Hope and Homes for Children and Eurochild founded the Opening Doors for Europe’s Children campaign: a partnership with civil society organisations dedicated to strengthening families and ending institutional care in Europe. It achieved this by leveraging EU policy and funding and by building advocacy capacity in civil society.

Opening Doors brought together five major international organisations (Hope and Homes for Children, EurochildInternational Foster Care Organisation, the European branch of the International Federation of Educative Communities, and SOS Children’s Villages International) and 120 organisations from 16 European countries.

Thanks to the broad local expertise gathered by the campaign, we advocated for child protection systems that strengthen families, and ensure family and community-based care for children. The campaign ran in Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Spain, and Ukraine.

In January 2020 we reported that at the end of 2019 Opening Doors came to an end. Opening Doors 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. For more information, we invite you to read the final Opening Doors for Europe’s Children report or check out the Opening Doors website (accessible until end 2021).

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.

Global Advocacy Team

  • Michela Costa

    Director of Global & EU Advocacy


    United Kingdom

    Emmanuel Sherwin

    Policy & Advocacy Officer



  • Stephen Ucembe

    Regional Advocacy Manager



    Alessandro Negro

    Institutional Funding Manager



  • Louise Bonneau

    EU Advocacy Officer



    Nolan Quigley

    Global Advocacy Advisor


    United Kingdom

Hope and Homes for Children Offices

  • EU Liaison office


    Rue de l’industrie 10

    Brussels 1000


  • Head office

    East Clyffe, Salisbury,

    Wiltshire SP3 4LZ,

    United Kingdom

  • London office

    CAN Borough, 7 Great Dover Street,

    London SE1 4YR,

    United Kingdom