World Vision is committed to creating spaces and opportunities for children and young people to participate in shaping programmes, practices and policy. This guide supports children and young people in crafting their own voices and spaces as part of the efforts to end violence against children.
This guide has been written to support children and young people to organize and conduct child led mobilisation activities as part of World Vision’s global campaign to end violence against children. It is part of a series of guides to support child led actions to end of violence against children.
This guide was created based on the learning and feedback from child-led mobilisations in learning and feedback from child led mobilisations around the world. In addition to these mobilisation efforts, this guide finds its roots in Article 15 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that children have the right to meet and assemble in groups as long as it does not infringe upon the rights of others.
This guide is for children and young people, aged 12 to 18 that seek to mobilise themselves and others to take actions to end violence against children. The steps included in the guide should be facilitated by a youth leader and/or trusted adult facilitator or leader. The guide assumes that the National Office has already conducted the Child Protection ADAPT process which identifies specific root causes of violence that the children and young people’s mobilisation will focus on. The guide is divided into 10 steps to plan for, conduct and reflect on your mobilisation. If you are an established group or have conducted mobilisation activities before, you can skip some of the sections and go directly to the parts that are most useful for you.
This guide begins with an explanation of child-led mobilisation and is followed by instructions to facilitate a preliminary discussion before beginning the 10 steps, including:
- Envisioning change and Organising a group to make it happen
- Learning new skills
- Identifying types of mobilisation
- Collecting ideas/ your own brainstorming
- Connecting and joint planning with others
- Taking actions or mobilising your group
- Developing messages/ materials for your mobilisation
- Monitoring actions to learn and improve your plans
- Thinking about what to do next
- Celebrating the end of your project
Components of this Approach
- Space: Children and young people are provided with space and opportunities to engage in social mobilisation and make their voices heard on issues that are relevant to them. They are equipped with the essential skills and tools needed to ensure meaningful and effective participation in social change.
- Action: Children and young people develop strategies as activists to plan and undertake the actions they want to take to make their communities and countries safer for everyone. This component includes identifying priority issues and selecting mobilisation strategies such as advocacy campaigns, social media action and community conversations with key stakeholders.
- Influence: Children and young people contribute to change in policy, practices and attitudes around violence against children by reaching out to decision-makers and stakeholders and presenting their appeals to make positive changes in their communities and countries.
Benefits of this Approach
- This approach helps to transform communities as a result of children and young people’s engagement on issues that are relevant to them. Children and young people’s energy and enthusiasm can be mobilized for positive change. This approach equips them with advocacy skills, tools and knowledge with an emphasis on civic engagement and social mobilisation.
- This approach offers opportunities for children and young people to express and act on their opinions, and contribute their ideas as part of intergenerational dialogue with other adult stakeholders and decision-makers at the community and national level.
- Child-led mobilisation can demonstrate the contribution that children and young people can make to society by emphasising that they are competent social actors and positive contributors to society.