Our advocacy work is focused on ensuring and enhancing rights of children without parental care. While our practice on child and youth care (CYC) is in India, our advocacy efforts have a larger South Asian focus. Our advocacy is currently geared towards orphans, abandoned and vulnerable children in India. We believe in people-centric advocacy that enables civil society members and organisations to take responsibility to improve the situation of children. Consistent efforts on this front over the last 25 years of our existence has given us several learnings as well as impacted the lives of children, women and youth. Being practioners on child and youth care we believe in all evidence based practice and practice informed advocacy and research.
• Influence policy and decision makers by using persuasive and consistent methods such as seminars and consultations and networking on different aspects of Alternative Care for OHC (Out of Home Care) children
• Research and Publications
• Trainings to increasing capacities of stakeholders for better standards of care in alternative care practices
• Practice on child and youth care: evidence based care models and learning as well as feeding back to improve standards of care.
• Adopting the Child Protection Policy in 2007 by conducting a series of workshops with different stakeholders, including children. This was an effort on our own much before the Juvenile Justice Law of India made it mandatory for organisations to have such a policy in 2015.
• Initiating network of child rights organisations such as the “Justice for Children: A Policy Thought Network”, being active members of QIC&AC that was initiated by Child Rights and You (CRY).
• Instituting the Biennial Conferences on Alternative Care or BICONs, as a South Asia regional initiative in 2014 to offer a one of its kind platform to bring together representatives and experts on child protection from around the world and focus on issues of Alternative Care for Children in South Asian Three such conferences have been held in the month of March in 2014, 2016 and 2018, with huge success and appreciation and facilitated the relationship building with experts in each of these 8 countries.
• In 2014, we also launched an academic, bi-annual journal, “Institutionalised Children: Explorations and Beyond” as a forum to bring together knowledge and resources on research, knowledge and practices in 8 South Asian countries on issues of all forms of alternative care. Since then, 9 issues of ICEB have come out to much public acclaim and the last two issues have been double blind peer reviewed and special editions.
• In 2018, we launched CLAN (Careleavers Association and Network), a network to give voice to youth coming out of care, in Delhi at the 3rd Biennial International Conference in March 2018