DCI has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and advocates at the UN Human Rights Council and during sessions of the UN Committee on the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Moreover, close relations are maintained with the Human Rights Special Procedures. DCI also co-convenes the NGO Panel for the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty together with Human Rights Watch.
In the Americas, DCI conducts advocacy with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and with several civil society networks such as the REDLAMYC and MMI-CLAC.
In , DCI has an observer status with the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and works closely as well with the African Child Policy Forum, ISS, West African Network and Mano River Union.
In Europe, DCI interacts with the European Union and the Council of Europe.
In the Middle East and North Africa, DCI collaborates with the League of Arab States as a member of its Childhood Committee.