This Advocacy Handbook for Young People and Children was created by Save the Children’s Global Task Group on Violence against Children. Understanding “advocacy” is a process that both adults and children alike learn more and more about every year. With each project, new lessons are learned and it is always possible to take that “one step beyond”.
This handbook can be used by advocacy experts and by people who do not know anything about advocacy, children and young people who have experience of advocacy or are taking action to create change, or want to create positive change but may have little or no experience in making a plan. The handbook is also aimed at adults who want to support children and young people in their advocacy work and who want to improve their own advocacy projects.
This handbook can be used by:
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- Advocacy experts, as well as anyone who thinks they do not know anything about advocacy.
- Children and young people who have experience with advocacy or taking action to create change.
- Children and young people who want to create positive change but may have little or no experience with making a plan.
- Adults who want to support children and young people in their advocacy work.
- Adults who want to improve their own advocacy projects.
How to Use this Handbook
- Your plan/project will change over time. For example, you may need to revise your advocacy goal based on consultations with groups of children, or you may have to rethink things because an election has been announced and your opportunities to engage with government have changed. Also, as you will learn in the pages to come, ‘advocacy’ takes time – it may be a number of years before your main goal is realized. You can expect to see small success and progress over the short term, but mostly it will take some time. For these reasons, it is important to document your efforts so that others can learn from them and build on them.
- Because things will change over time and because things take time, we suggest that you insert the pages of this handbook into a binder. Make this a place where you can take pages out, add pages, and change information as needed.
- They would also encourage you to ask for adult support wherever it is needed. Some of the activities in this handbook may be easier to complete if you have the help of older young people or adult support people.
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