the solution

Children should not grow up in institutions, with their depersonalised spaces and complete isolation from society. Lumos works on every level, with every actor, to transform an outdated and harmful system into one which supports and protects children and enables them to have a positive future.

Changing Systems, Developing Services

We engage with all those needed to change the system, from international decision makers to children and families. We show how our solutions work at every level and advocate on behalf of children. More importantly we support children to speak up and influence change in their lives and communities.

Working with children and young people is an incredibly important part of Lumos' work. Here you can read about how 'self-advocates' make their voices heard through videos, drawing, animations and stories to engage with politicians, policy-makers and decision-makers internationally.

Lumos' work is based on evidence and universal principles. Our approach is tried and tested. We leverage the resources of others, identify and fill gaps and connect the efforts of partners. Our results are high impact, sustainable change. Individual children are central to all our decisions.

To ensure changes to the system are sustainable, service managers need support in transferring finances from institutions to community services. Societal and professional attitudes must change to prioritise the most vulnerable. Professionals need skills development to meet the needs of all children.

Case Study All Children Count, But Not All Children Are Counted: Your Voice Helps
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Video Sonya's Story
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Video Closing Krushari
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Video Vendy & Verca at UNESCO Youth Forum 2015 #ChildParticipation
Vendy & Verca at UNESCO Youth Forum 2015 #ChildParticipation thumbnail
Video Veliko at UNESCO Youth Forum 2015 #ChildParticipation
Veliko at UNESCO Youth Forum 2015 #ChildParticipation thumbnail
Story Zero Project 2015: Mihaela's reflections
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Story Zero Project 2015: Veliko's reflections
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Story Shaun Webster from CHANGE in an interview with three self-advocates from the Czech Republic
Shaun Webster from CHANGE in an interview with three self-advocates from the Czech Republic thumbnail
Story Lumos in Greece
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Story Working with young people in Serbia
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Video Children need Families not Orphanages
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Story When the doors closed at Krushari
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Video Knock Knock, Anyone Home?: a performance from Lumos self-advocates
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Ceo_blog Successful international development needs families
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Story Families in emergency situations
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Story Keeping families together in emergency situations
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Case study Dreams of a family: Daniel*'s story
Dreams of a family: Daniel*'s story thumbnail
Video Orphanages in Haiti
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Case Study Rediscovering the love of a family: Andre*’s story
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Story Finding a way back to a family life: Corina*’s story
Finding a way back to a family life: Corina*’s story thumbnail
Case study Marketa*'s story
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Video Voices Against Institutions
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Story Just in time for Christmas
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Video A home for a new life
A home for a new life thumbnail
Story Engaging the wider community to help children back to a family life
Engaging the wider community to help children back to a family life thumbnail
Story Safeguarding Children by Monitoring and Improving Standards of Social Care
Safeguarding Children by Monitoring and Improving Standards of Social Care thumbnail
Video Behind the Walls
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Story We are stronger when we work together - Childhood 2025
We are stronger when we work together - Childhood 2025 thumbnail
Story Giving children in institutions a voice
Giving children in institutions a voice thumbnail
Story Children know what is best for them
Children know what is best for them thumbnail
Story Supporting Vulnerable Families
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Project Turning Words into Action
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Story Supporting deinstitutionalisation: focus on autism
Supporting deinstitutionalisation: focus on autism thumbnail
Story Developing an Assessment Framework for Children with Disabilities
Developing an Assessment Framework for Children with Disabilities thumbnail
Story Training teachers
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Story Saving Lives: Improving support for children with eating and drinking difficulties
Saving Lives: Improving support for children with eating and drinking difficulties thumbnail
Story Setting Standards in Social Services
Setting Standards in Social Services thumbnail
Story A Chat with Shaun
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Story Better Health, Better Lives
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Story Why Study Visits are Inspirational
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Story Providing specialist support
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Story Why International Advocacy?
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Story Intervening in Emergencies to Improve the Health, Development & Protection of Children
Intervening in Emergencies to Improve the Health, Development & Protection of Children thumbnail
Story Supporting Local Areas in Bulgaria
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Story Lumos in Bulgaria
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Case Study Ion's Story
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Story Alexandra's Story
Alexandra's Story thumbnail
How we work Seven Levels of Engagement
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The Facts 8 million children are in institutions
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Case Study They won't be invisible any more - Inclusive Education
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Child Participation Supported child participation in Bulgaria - A major breakthrough for Lumos
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Video Lumos self-advocates attend the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum 2015 #ChildParticipation
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Story Providing a lifeline
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