Strategic Priorities for 2017 to 2020
For the next five years ChildLinK proposes to focus its resources on four Strategic Priorities, Priority 1 focusing on our work carries four strategic focus areas. The strategic priorities are as follows:
- Empowerment of children with knowledge and skills to claim their rights, to protect themselves, and be agents of change in their families and communities. ChildLinK will focus on delivering projects in line with three strategic focus areas, i.e. three groups of vulnerable children:
- Children experiencing abuse in the family and community (physical, sexual and emotional abuse), and neglect resulting in further abuse and deprivation.
- Children needing alternative care options/family based care.
- Children in conflict with the law.
- Empowerment of families, caregivers, community groups, service providers, duty bearers, and other stakeholders with the knowledge and skills to protect children by preventing the violation of children’s rights and intervening to restore to health, safety and security for those children whose rights to life, survival and development have been violated.
- Building/engaging international and local partnership infuse with knowledge and skills
- Developing local network of CSO in protecting and preventing abuse of children
- Strengthening of ChildLinK to increase the impact of its work with children and key stakeholders
- Increased Advocacy – ChildLinK has greater influence in advocating in Guyana for policies, systems and practices which aim to reduce violence and the number of children without parental care.
- Maintain high standards of accountability and transparency – ChildLinK is an accountable and effective organisation.
- Expand Funding initiatives – ChildLinK raises income from a mixed portfolio of income streams to bring about lasting positive changes in the lives of children, their families, communities and society as a whole.
- Researching and developing approaches to set up new services, (re)integrate children to family based care and increasing prevention strategies and awareness to reduce abuse against children.
An inclusive, interactive and participatory approach engaged all members of staff, the Board, children, and stakeholder representatives in guiding the ChildLinK strategic planning process which involved a systematic and comprehensive review of the strengths and challenges of its 2011-2016 Programme, the strategies employed in the past, the benefits of planning, and professional and organizational values.
- ChildLinK uses a rights-based approach based on the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) especially the guiding principles of the best interests of the child, children’s participation, right of every child to protection and the right of the child’s family to help from the government where necessary for protecting children’s right to life, survival, and development.
- ChildLinK’s authority is based on child-protection principles, policies, local legislations, and international conventions and guidelines inclusive of the UNCRC.
- ChildLinK will focus on increasing the impact of its work with children and key duty-bearers and stakeholders who share responsibility for enabling a child-safe environment by collaborating to:
In the short-term:
- Empower children to claim their rights and entitlements, protect themselves, and become change agents;
- Empower children’s families, caregivers, community groups, and service providers to respect, protect and ensure children’s ability to access their rights safely and securely
In the long-term:
- Transform our society’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviours with regard to children’s rights in general, and especially their right to protection from violence, exploitation and other forms of abuse;
- Develop a child protection system of child rights-based principles, policies, legislation, statutory, and community services appropriately and effectively in keeping with Guyana’s economic, social, political, cultural, and civic responsibilities and context
- ChildLinK’s programme are guided by values which include integrity; responsibility; commitment to, and collaboration for, public service and good governance principles and practice.
- For ChildLink, good governance means that the organization and each member of staff in their personal and professional lives will aspire to be accountable, consensus oriented, participatory, effective and efficient, equitable and inclusive, responsive, and follow the rule of law.
- The attitudinal and behaviour change strategy employed by ChildLinK will be specific to the planning and implementation process for the particular problems faced by each group of children and for each area of ChildLinK’s work programme.
- ChildLinK’s work is evidence-based using findings from existing research, initiating formal and informal research which engages children, family members, community-based organisations and other stakeholders in interactive and participatory sessions where persons are facilitated to share child-related experiences. The evidence-based strategy is employed both as levers for change and for expanding resources for the national change work necessary.
THEORY OF CHANGE
The implementation plan for each strategic priority will have a theory of change specific to the particular problem faced by each group of children. In addition ChildLinK is also working with an overarching theory about how change can happen to achieve the vision of a Guyanese society where every child has the right to grow up in a safe and secure family and community. Three key pre-conditions are considered necessary to achieve the vision:
- Families, communities and service providers having a child-centred mindset.
- The State ensuring a functioning rights-based child protection system.
- Civil society, citizens and donors contributing to a conducive child rights environment by facilitating access to resources, and strengthening collaboration and governance.