EXAMPLES- Independent Advocacy for Children

The CFC Secretariat has gathered a number of examples for an independent advocacy for children at both local and national levels of government, and from low-, middle- and high-income nations.

Each example includes the following documents:

    • A worksheet describing the project (accessed from the CFC Database)
    • Other documents, such as publications, guides, reports and strategies, developed by the project (when available)
    • A project review prepared by the CFC Secretariat, based upon in-depth documentation of the project and developed on the basis of a standard research protocol (when available)
    • Tools developed by the project (when available)

Defensoría de la Niñez y la Adolescencia (Local Ombudsperson for children and youth)



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The main goal of the initiative is to set up a nationwide network of municipal ‘Defensorias’, which supports children whose rights are being violated. This support can be juridical as well as psychological. The ‘Defensorias’ function as a local ombudsperson for child rights.

Derry Children’s Commission


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Derry Children’s Commission is an innovative interagency partnership involving children and young people, parents, providers of services, planners and policy makers from the statutory, voluntary and community sectors of the Derry City Council area.

Growing up in Tilburg


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Youth ‘Ombuds-point’
The Youth Ombuds-point is a point where children and young people can refer to when they need information or assistance from municipal services. It is not only meant as an ’emergency’ service. It is supposed to be an accessible and recognisable service that actively promotes participation by children and young people.

München, Stadt für Kinder (Munich, City for Children)


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Clear focal points with an ‘ombuds-function’ (Kinder Buero): The Children’s Office is co-ordinating all initiatives of the ‘City for Children’ programme. Clear efforts are made to make this office accessible to children and youth. Children themselves can come up with ideas to make Munich more child-friendly, questions about things of their concern, complains about certain situations, etc. Parents and other adults can also initiate ideas.

Social management with a child rights perspective in Santander de Quilichao


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PROJECT REVIEW: Social management with a child rights perspective in Santander de Quilichao, Department of Cauca

There are two institutions which serve as ‘watchdogs’ for the protection of child rights:
Comisaria de Familia receives complaints regarding intra-family problems, including child abuse, and facilitates reconciliation of these conflicts.

Personaria Municipal has an oversight function with regard to local government expenditure, government action and the functioning of government officials.

Social Mobilisation for Child Rights (SMRC) Programme – The pilot Ombudsman for children’s rights


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The European Network of Ombudsmen for Children


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The National Children’s Strategy


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DOCUMENT 1: The Children’s Rights Alliance

DOCUMENT 2: Appointment as Ireland’s First Ombudsman for Children