Step two: Decide what you want to achieve

What would need to change to address the problem – changes in laws, policies, attitudes, more resources? It is important to be clear about the cause of the problem, so that you can target your advocacy as effectively as possible. For example, if the problem is excessive physical punishment of children in the home, you need to be aware of what the law currently says about physical punishment. If the law already protects children, then the problem lies in its implementation, and that is where you need to put your energies. It is always useful to provide a very concrete proposal of what you want to happen – not just to criticise the current situation.

2.8 Strategies for advocacy

Step three: Get the facts