DCI is represented in 43 countries worldwide through its national sections and associated members, each working on the child rights issues that are most directly relevant to their respective national contexts: these range from ending child labour, child trafficking and violence against children to advocating for the rights of children in conflict areas to promoting child participation. Juvenile justice is the overarching priority of the global DCI movement, with over 75% of national sections conducting activities in this field.
DCI’s work at the national, regional and international levels is directed by the principles enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Based on the CRC and other relevant international standards and regional instruments, DCI national sections develop actions in response to the issues affecting children’s rights in their respective countries. These actions can include monitoring the implementation of standards for children’s rights; advocacy and lobby on local, national, and/or international levels; targeted research; awareness-raising and the dissemination of information; training policy-makers, justice officials, police officers, social workers and educational professors; and direct interventions with children, their families and their local communities.
DCI-IS works to support such initiatives, whether realised by individual sections or regional efforts, in a variety of ways; this support sometimes includes technical assistance to sections as they elaborate specific proposals/programmes or as they prepare alternative reports for submission to the CRC Committee or to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and other international human rights instruments.
DCI strongly believes in the importance of networking and building strategic alliances in order to strengthen its work and increase its impact. DCI has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 1991 (ECOSOC) and the Council of Europe, as well as working relations with UNESCO, UNICEF and the ILO. DCI is also a member of the NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child, also serving as the co-convener of the Working Group on Children and Violence. DCI is an elected member of the NGO Advisory Council for Follow-up to the UN Study on Violence against children, and is a host and active member of the Interagency Panel on Juvenile Justice (IPJJ).