AWARE - Protecting Street Children's Rights
We want to make it easy for street children to know what their rights are and how to claim them, and for governments to be aware that there is finally authoritative guidance from the UN to make sure street children can access their rights.
January 2018 - December 2018
Charity information: Consortium for Street Children
Street-connected children are often unaware of their rights. They also often do not have full access to them.
Governments often do not enact their responsibilities towards street children, claiming they do not have the guidance to do so. However, the UN recently released such guidance. Many governments will be unaware of this, however. Furthermore, many organisations working with street-connected children are also unaware of this, of its potential impact, and how to use it to fulfil their aims.
The AWARE project will create a wealth of communications materials in a number of languages that will make the UN guidance and its significance easier for street children, organisations and governments to understand. These materials will be distributed across CSC's network of 100+ members globally. Guidance and support will be provided on how to use the materials to advocate for the implementation of the UN guidance, and encourage activities that benefit the welfare of street-connected children
Organisations working with street children are better able to advocate for their rights.
Activities» Translate the UN guidance (General Comment on Children in Street Situations) and produce relevant communications materials in a number of languages.
» Hold virtual seminars to inform network members about the General Comment, and how to utilise it within their work.
» Provide a materials launch event to attract wider international support and press coverage on the General Comment.
Success will be governments committing to the General Comment, as a result of network members’ advocacy efforts, informed by the materials produced by the project.
Street children are better informed of their own rights and benefit from improved welfare.
Activities» Produce simple language and child-friendly versions of the General Comment.
» Distribute the materials to street children via our network members.
Success will be street children better understanding their rights, and therefore better able to live in ways that support their own welfare.
The project will aim to encourage governments to enact their legal responsibilities towards children in street situations, which will impact a wide array of policies towards street children, and services provided for street children.
We will demonstrate success by collating the materials produced on our website, monitoring the distribution of materials via our network members, collecting qualitative feedback from network members and affected street children, and tracking government policy
There is a risk that organisations and institutions will not initially realise the importance and significance of the UN General Comment on Children in Street Situations. We have dealt with this risk by ensuring that materials will be produced in a range of languages to help organisations themselves better understand the importance of the General Comment and how it may be used to leverage their work. We will also provide a number of virtual learning seminars for our network members.
Donors to this project will receive a quarterly email report on the project. Our quarterly report will provide details of progress and any necessary changes to our project plans. They will also receive links to the key materials produced (available online) and an invite to our launch event.
Budget - Project Cost: £50,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £9,000 Translation Support Translation Support to ensure materials are translated and produced in a range of languages. £5,000 Design Support Design Support to produce materials in a range of formats, including child-friendly formats. £5,500 Video/Photo Production Support Related costs for video, photo and audio material production, including materials for social media. £2,500 Launch event (London, UK) Launch event for materials related to the General Comment for key influencers and donors £2,200 Local Distribution Costs Costs related to distributing materials locally, including informing Children and Governments. £5,000 Printing Costs Cost related to printing materials for distribution £16,254 Communications and Media Manag Staff costs for Communications, Project Assistant and Digital Officer £4,546 Indirect Costs General Overhead Costs relating to this project.
This project has a global-base, as we will produce materials in multiple languages as a direct result of this funding. These will be utilised by our partners globally for maximum impact.
Primary beneficiaries are expected to include those countries & regions with large numbers of street children, including E Africa, S Asia and L America. Spanish-speaking guides will be a priority, because Uruguay’s Government has already committed to implement the GC, and can act as a model for other countries.
The beneficiaries of the project will be street children, and organisations that support street children.
We will focus initially on producing simple language and child-friendly versions of the comment, in a range of languages. This will allow street children themselves to understand their own rights and their own legal standing.
We will then produce materials in a range of languages that support the advocacy efforts of our members and others, including Governments themselves.
As a 21-year-old network of more than 100 members working across 135 countries, the Consortium for Street Children is stronger, louder and more effective, on behalf of children who live in extremely adverse conditions and yet are among the most neglected by governments and wider society. Our network allows us to ensure that all materials produced as a direct result of this funding have Global Impact.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Caroline Ford is CEO of CSC, & has worked over 20 years in human rights and development globally, including for Amnesty, BBC, Oxfam & Red Cross.
Our board is Chaired by Julia Cook, an international entrepreneur who has supported CSC for 14 years, with previous roles at Disney and Ernst & Young.
Sian is the Network Development Manager for CSC, overseeing the development of our network whilst also managing CSC’s network cluster projects.
Rori is the Communications and Marketing Manager at CSC, recently leading our global campaign around the International Day for Street Children.