Catalyzing systems change is one of our core strategies in promoting sustainable change for children’s well-being and rights. For Consuelo, advocacy is a set of intentional, evidence-based, influencing activities aimed at shifting social norms to protect children.
Our systems change initiatives seek long-term outcomes such as policy change or short-term outcomes that create openings for social and institutional change.
Consuelo focuses its efforts on co-creating child friendly systems and institutions, strengthening the protective environment for children, and empowering young people.
When designing new programs or initiatives, we employ a combination of the following strategies to meet our goals:
- Collaboration and alliance building with our network of partners
- Policy influence through stakeholder engagement, policy discussions, media advocacy
- Institutional strengthening through educational and public awareness campaigns and capacity building
- Organization of champions and developing advocacy toolkits to replicate best practices
- Evidence-building through research and evaluations
- Conducting pilot projects that measure efficacy and impact
Consuelo engages with key government partners on the national and local levels to co-create community-level child protection mechanisms and improve child welfare institutions. We influence decision makers and the public in order to build protective environments at home, at school, and within institutions.
Consuelo has long-standing relationships with a diverse set of government partners including:
- Department of Social Welfare and Development
- Department of Education
- Department of Health
- Supreme Court – Philippine Judicial Academy
- Philippine National Police – Women and Children Protection Center
- Commission on Human Rights
- Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council
- Council for the Welfare of Children
Networks and Coalitions
Consuelo has long-standing relationships with a diverse network of partners and non-government organizations to empower children, including the Child Rights Network, The Civil Society Coalition on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Child Protection Network.