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:
- Increased Impact– Our work has a positive impact on the reduction in the number of children experiencing violence and without parental care.
- 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.
- 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.
- Maintain high standards of accountability and transparency – ChildLinK is an accountable and effective organisation.
ChildLinK will focus on delivering projects in line with four strategic focus areas, i.e. four groups of vulnerable children:
- Children experiencing abuse in the family and community (physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and neglect resulting in malnutrition and other forms of deprivation).
- Children experiencing barriers to protection, education and development.
- Children needing alternative care options/family based care.
- Children in conflict with the law.
Focus areas 1 and 2 represent a continuation and development of areas of work that EveryChild Guyana / ChildLinK has been doing for some time, but on which there is still much more to do. Focus area 3 is an area of work that ChildLinK has begun in the past three years and requires expansion. Focus area 4 will be a new area for ChildLinK and will therefore require an initial learning period. The portfolio of proposed focus areas therefore represents a manageable balance of established work, developing work and new work.
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.