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.

StreetLights Appeal

Street children often spend their lives in the shadows.

They are excluded – from essential services, from government policy, and even from data.

The spaces they inhabit may be inappropriate, even dangerous, but are out of sight.

Frontline workers meet street children in these shadowy spaces, taking the time to get to know their lives and experiences.

They help to explore the individual solutions a child might need, and provide hope for a brighter future.

This summer, we recognise frontline workers who take the time to turn the spotlight on street children, and give them the tools they need to step out of the shadows.

Find out more about why frontline workers are so important, and support our StreetLights appeal today!

The Legal Atlas: year in review

Written by Eleanor Hughes

The Legal Atlas

Have you heard about our Legal Atlas? This innovative tool puts street children – one of the world’s most invisible populations – on the map.

They are overlooked by governments, law and policymakers and many others in society. The Legal Atlas puts information about laws affecting street children directly into the hands of street children and their advocates. By gaining access to legal information, street children and homeless youth are put on the map so that every child can be treated fairly and with respect.

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.