Advocacy programs are important for the sustainability of an intervention. Lack of concern from major stakeholders like government and other institutions has resulted in an increase in the victimization of SWCs. Therefore, the tool of advocacy is used to make a positive impact on the policy making process and to bring about desired refinement in the policies that are being implemented, drafted or discussed. Some of the noteworthy efforts initiated in this direction are:
- Networking with NGOs: SHRS has networked with various NGOs working with children in difficult circumstances. The networking enriches member organizations by providing opportunity to learn from one another and through sharing of ideas.
- It also helps in augmenting individual forces and putting them into constructive policy-level momentum. Currently SHRS is an important member of Consortium for Street and Working Children and Pro-child Coalition.
- Amendment and Reform: SHRS and its partner NGOs consistently work for the reform and amendment in laws and policies to make them more child-friendly. It critically reviews all the laws pertaining to children in the light of its decade long experience of working with SWC. SHRS openly conveys its views, feedbacks and reservations on laws and policies to their framers.
- Capacity building and involvement of statutory bodies: We are in continuous interaction with institutions like JJB, CWC, Child Rights Protection Commissions, Childline, etc. that have been established by the government of India with the aim of welfare of children, to make them efficient, vibrant and deliverable. We organize regular training programs involving members of these institutions.
- Publications: Newsletters, reports, information brochures,magazine, education materials, etc. published by SHRS educate and sensitize all the stakeholders and also inform and update people at the level of decision making and policy formulation. All the learning that comes with each intervention by SHRS is made available to the government agencies and NGOs working for SWC in the form of reports, documents, hand-outs, etc.
- Conference and Seminar: : Conferences and seminars are the platforms commonly used by SHRS to raise issues pertaining to deprived children. These platforms are also used to share learning among fellow organizations.