Our Advocacy Efforts

The 5-year Advocacy Strategy and Plan (2015-2020) of the SOS CV Sri Lanka is based primarily on Moving Forward: Implementing the ‘Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children’, a handbook published in 2012 by the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) at the University of Strathclyde, in association with International Social Service (ISS), Oak Foundation, SOS Children’s Villages International and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). This was taken as the key source of inspiration due to its comprehensiveness, rights-based approach, focus on practical implementation and local adaptability. The strategy has also taken into consideration the legal and policy framework, the State mechanism and the existing evidence basis, as well as SOS CV’s own experience as a provider of alternative care for children in Sri Lanka for the past 35 years. It is also in alignment with the 3 advocacy priorities of SOS Children’s Villages International, which are:
  1. To support and encourage the development of policies and actions aimed at strengthening the capacity of facilities to adequately care for their children.
  2. To support the development of quality standards for children in alternative care.
  3. To support and encourage States to reform child care systems.
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