About Consortium for Street Children

The only global alliance raising the voices of street children at international level

About Consortium for Street Children

Consortium for Street Children is an international children’s charity fighting for the rights of street children worldwide. We are the only global alliance raising the voices of street children at international level. We are pioneering and we are fearless. 

We work with governments to promote good practice, challenge and change the systems that cause harm to street children, while our network members are busy on the frontline, working directly with street children to meet their immediate and long term needs. 

This includes the need for shelter, education, health care and justice, all of which they are entitled to under the Convention on the Rights of the Child. 

What we’re aiming to achieve

We want to change the world for street children. Ultimately we want to end the phenomenon of children having to grow up on the streets. Until we reach this goal, we want to ensure that street children have their rights realised as all other children might, and to ensure they have the same access to services, resources, care and opportunities that other children have.  We exist to put an end to the discrimination street-connected children around the world face on a daily basis, and to amplify their voices so they can make their views known.

We believe we can create a world where every street-connected child lives with dignity, in safety and security, and is able to fulfill their potential.

Together with street-connected children, the CSC Network changes lives through:

  • Powerful international advocacy;
  • Tailored country-specific policy change;
  • Creating an evidence base to drive solutions to improve street-connected children’s lives;
  •  Grassroots casework; and
  •  Pioneering approaches and methods to support street-connected children.

About our network

The CSC Network includes over 100 trusted charities and organisations, researchers and practitioners across 135 countries, each caring for, engaging with and listening to street children and bringing their insights, expertise and ideas to the table. 

This knowledge is then translated into robust, evidence-based action, which feeds into our lobbying work, helps to guide policy and supports us in our work with governments. 

We channel funding to our partners on the ground and ensure they use it wisely and responsibly. We also provide them with training and support, and collaborate with them on specific projects, tackling issues such as sexual abuse, modern slavery and child labour. 

A little bit of history

The idea for CSC first emerged in early 1992, when Nicholas Fenton, then Director of Childhope, and Trudy Davies, then Research and Liaison Officer to the all-Party Parliamentary Group on Population and Development, realised the need for an umbrella organisation for the newly emerging street children charities. 

They believed there was a need for a network that could assist in bringing charities together, encouraging co-operation and joint projects in order to meet potential donors’ demand for a good track record, and to form one strong advocacy voice for street children around  the world. A best practice research centre and library were also needed. 

In May 1992, the idea garnered support from the then President of UNICEF, Baroness Ewart-Biggs. The proposal to create CSC was presented to her and Lady Chalker, the then Overseas Development Minister on 27th May 1992. 

Nicholas Fenton met with street children NGOs, and proposed forming a network, which was supported with enthusiasm. A small group of founder members was formed, and the group met on 29th May 1992 and formed a committee consisting of Lady Ewart-Biggs, Chair, Nic Fenton Vice Chair, Trudy Davies Hon Secretary, Bryan Wood Hon Treasurer, James Gardner, Surina Narula, Ana Capaldi, Annabel Loyd, Caroline Levaux and Georgina Vestey.

Initially, the organisation was run from Trudy Davies’ desk in the House of Commons, approved by the Chair of the APPG, but eighteen months later, the Consortium for Street Children was officially launched at 10 Downing Street on November 18th,1993. 

Since 1993 this network has grown from a small fledgling organization to a force to be reckoned with — the only global Network or grass roots organizations working directly with street children. We are now 100+ strong, working in 135 countries, with major supporters recognizing the need to see street children as rights holding children, and that we all can play a role in seeing this realized.