We want a world where street children live with dignity, in safety and security

Consortium for Street Children is a global alliance who exists to be the global voice of street children and ensure their rights to services, resources, care and opportunities are met.


CSC Network Forum 2022

Learning from the past, looking to the future

Five years on from General Comment 21 on Children in Street Situations

The UN General Comment on Children in Street Situations was published five years ago, in 2017. To mark this milestone, the Consortium for Street Children’s Network Forum will be reflecting on successes, challenges, and learnings in both policy and practice since this guidance was first published.

Running virtually from Tuesday 1 – Friday 4 November, the forum is free to attend, and will be valuable for anyone working with street-connected children. Sessions will cover approaches to practical implementation of specialised solutions for street-connected children, working with local and national governments for long-term change, as well as wider discussions on how we frame our work.



CSC and StreetInvest are merging!

CSC and StreetInvest are thrilled to announce both organisations are formally coming together with the complementary strengths of both organisations creating a stronger platform to advocate with and for street-connected children.

As we move forward in this new partnership, both organisations will come together under the Consortium for Street Children brand, and we will continue to progress through CSC’s refreshed 5-year strategy. As this strategy maps strongly onto StreetInvest’s own, we are confident that both organisations can work together under this plan ahead of plotting out our next 5-year strategy together in 2023. 

We want to change the world for street children by:

  1. Ensuring they have the same access to services, resources, care and opportunities that other children have
  2. Amplifying street children’s voices so they can make their views known
  3. Putting an end to the discrimination street-connected children around the world face on a daily basis

We work to:

Support, grow and seek funding for a connected global network

Create shared learning and research

Guide policy and influence decision makers

Why does it matter?

Street children depend on the streets for their survival – whether they live on the streets, work on the streets, have support networks on the streets, or a combination of the three.

Nobody knows exactly how many street children there are, but each has their own unique story. Their reason for being connected to the streets are many and varied but poverty, displacement due to natural disasters and conflicts, discrimination, abuse or family breakdown can all play a role.