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Equality for Street Children Starts Here

Thousands of children around the world live or work on the streets, and have their rights violated on a daily basis. We will work with governments and civil society to change the lives of street children together, by implementing four concrete steps to work towards making their rights a reality.

We intend to launch at our 25th anniversary later this year. The end date of the project is to be confirmed.

Charity information: Consortium for Street Children

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  • Need


    Almost every country in the world signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child to promise all children that their rights would be respected, protected, and fulfilled – such as seeing a doctor, having safety and security, and going to school. However, many countries have not fulfilled these promises to street children, who are often treated brutally or seen as a nuisance to be cleared away, with no opportunities to fulfill their potential.


    Last year, we made history by working with the United Nations to publish clear guidelines on what needs to be done to protect street children, and the Big Give helped us raise awareness of this. Now we must turn these words in to action.

    Through our 4 Steps to Equality campaign, we will highlight the concrete steps governments must take for street children to lead safe and fulfilling lives, and bring together key actors to commit to making street children’s rights a reality.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Commit to equality


    » Reflect in law that street children have the same rights as every other child

    What success will look like

    Successfully working with two governments to review aspects of their laws and policies to end discrimination, address stigmatisation and recognise that children have rights.

    Aim 2

    Protect every child


    » Protect street children from violence and abuse and ensure they have access to justice when they are harmed

    What success will look like

    Three examples of how we are working with governments, caregivers or society to address violence, trafficking and exploitation of street connected children.

    Aim 3

    Provide access to services


    » Enable access to the same essential services as every other child, such as hospitals and schools, so they can reach their full potential

    What success will look like

    Advocate for adequate standard of living; free healthcare services; free, safe and accessible education; birth registration or legal identity in two countries.

    Aim 4

    Create solutions for change


    » Deliver specialised services and opportunities that tune in to the unique needs and challenges of life for street children.

    What success will look like

    For one government to adopt strategies or allocate budget to collect data; adequately support street children; provide alternative care or specialised services.

  • Impact


    If the 4 Steps to Equality were implemented in their entirety, the world would completely change for street children. Equality would be achieved, and street children would have protection in law, access to services and personal dignity. Children everywhere would be equally treated. We will share our progress of advocating to civil society, local and national governments; giving examples of where this work has realised street children's rights. This has the potential to become a global campaign.


    Governments may not be willing to prioritise street children or think that it may be too much of a challenge to address. We will work with members who have strong links to their governments to minimise this risk, and in countries where we can make an impact and use this success as an example to campaign to other governments for wider change.

    Changes may be slow to implement so we will develop long-term strategies rather than short-term solutions, and identify stages towards policy change.


    We will share a quarterly email update outlining the progress we have made towards our aims and activities, and giving examples of the impact of the project. We will also demonstrate how this is fitting in to our wider work, and how supporters can become more involved.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,000 Advocacy Aimed at governments to implement the 4 Steps to Equality
      £7,500 Research To discover the reality for street children in different contexts around the world
      £4,000 Review identify laws and policies that are discriminatory or damaging to street children
      £5,000 Campaign Development of campaign materials to support our members in lobbying their governments
      £2,500 Support support costs and monitoring and evaluation

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Major Donor 1 £6,250 Guaranteed
    Major Donor 2 £5,000 Conditional
  • Background


    We will concentrate on countries where there is a high incidence of street children and where we have significant presence, such as Tanzania, the Philippines, Ghana, Mali and Uganda. These are low and lower-middle income countries where factors like poverty, insecurity and natural disasters have pushed many children to the streets. We are also ready to respond in countries where opportunities arise to focus national attentions on street children, i.e. through elections or social events.


    This project will benefit ‘street-connected’ children, meaning any children who live or work on the street; either some of the time or all of the time. Some street children maintain relationships with their family whereas others break all contact; some are on the streets currently and some are off the streets but could be easily drawn back there. We will also help to equip staff and organisations to defend the rights of street children and advocate for change at local and national level.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only global network that raises the voices of street children and creates long-term change so they are not overlooked. We are 100+ NGOs, researchers and on-the-ground practitioners across 135 countries, working with and for street children. Together, we focus the world’s attention on the lives and needs of its most overlooked children. We helped the UN to draft their guidance on how street children’s rights should be realised, with input from over 1,000 children.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Caroline Ford

    Caroline is Chief Executive of CSC and has worked for over 20 years in the field of human rights and development

    Lizet Vlamings

    Lizet is Advocacy and Research Manager and is spearheading efforts to implement the latest UN guidance on street children’s rights

    Elise Denis-Ramirez

    Elise is Research Officer and is working on building the evidence base for CSC’s advocacy work

    Lucy Rolington

    Lucy is International Grants and Funding Officer and coordinates grants with our major partners such as Comic Relief and DFID