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We are actively committed to children, youth and families in difficulty, Apprentis d’Auteuil’s goal along with our partners, is to be heard on a regional, national and international level to change the way people think and influence public policies.

Our advocacy always aims to promote the implementation and the respect of children’s rights as well as those of their parents. In France, our advocacy is based on convictions, described in the publication "Prendre le Parti des Jeunes, petit bouquin d'utilité publique" Advocacy for youth and families in difficulty which was published in 2016 at the occasion of the legislative and presidential elections in France:

  • Reaffirm the educational role of parents
  • Take action with regard to school withdrawal
  • Reinvent the gateway to an active life

We also speak on behalf of child protection. Internationally, we rely more generally on all our beliefs, shared with our partners, to defend along with them, children and family rights according to the country’s needs and problems.

Our actions of advocacy

  • In France

The considerable number of people that we touch by our actions as well as our technical expertise, allows us to contribute to the elaboration and redirection of public policies and laws. Therefore, we submit oral and/or written contributions to public authorities as part of consultations or developments in law on themes such as family, child protection, reworking the school system.

With our partners, we rally the general public and we call out to the public authorities on social issues by means of protests, conferences, campaigns on the social networks or media and appeal platforms. We are notably in partnership with ATD Quart Monde as part of the World Day to Overcome Extreme Poverty on October 17. Apprentis d’Auteuil is also member of an advisory council of the National Agency for the Battle Against Illiteracy, we implemented illiteracy awareness campaigns all through 2013 as part of the label "grande cause nationale" (Great National Cause) given by the Prime Minister with regard to illiteracy. With the International Catholic Child Bureau (BICE) or UNICEF, we participate in awareness actions on children’s rights via public events (Festival of documentary film Children in the World).

  • Internationally

Apprentis d’Auteuil is a member of the International Catholic Center of Geneva, we defend the case of children in difficulty within the United Nations and notably its human rights departments. In this respect, we submitted, in 2012, input to the UN on isolated foreign minors in France. In 2014, we submitted two contributions through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR):

  • one on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where we intervene in partnership with different associations including in particular the REEJEER
  • the other in October on the rights of children in Madagascar

At the end of 2014, Apprentis d’Auteuil, along with UNICEF submitted an alternative account to the report from the French government on the application of the treaty, International Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Side by side with other French bodies working internationally, we mobilize the general public by speaking together on the dramatic situations occurring in some countries ravaged by conflicts, such as the Central African Republic (link Tribune). In May 2014, Apprentis obtained the special advisory status from the ECOSOC Committee of the United Nations and we can therefore engage directly with UN mechanisms in order to defend the cause of young people and families. Finally, we support our partners in the application, locally, of their advocacy actions. This was the case for the revision of the law regarding the protection of children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is also the case for the recognition of foster families or the efficiency of insertion support measures in Morocco.

Apprentis d’Auteuil is a deeply committed catholic foundation, recognized as promoting the public interest in France and in more than 50 countries. Thanks to the expertise and experience of the foundation and their partners, Apprentis d’Auteuil have been able to supervise more than 23.000 children in France and almost 20.000 children and families worldwide. Its main goal is to help youth in difficulty by conducting educational projects and to boost their ability to participate in society as full-fledged citizens by promoting training and insertion programs worldwide. In addition to their actions towards helping vulnerable children, Apprentis d’Auteuil and their partners assist struggling parents in their family obligations, with coeducation as the guiding principle. The key purpose is to improve the management of children under their care and to enable them to grow as free and responsible adults. To make a donation for education – Please contact the foundation for underprivileged children Apprentis d’Auteuil.