The 4 Steps to Equality

Our global advocacy campaign, “The 4 Steps to Equality”, calls on Governments to ensure that street children can access all their rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child. To achieve this, we want to see the UN General Comment No. 21 on Children in Street Situations implemented in full.

We have summarised the General Comment into a 4-step plan so Governments around the world can enact their own plans for how they will ensure safety and protection for street-connected children:

1. Commit to Equality

Recognise street-connected children have the same rights as everyone else – and reflect that in the law.

2. Protect Every Child

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

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.

4. Create Specialised Solutions

Deliver specialised services and opportunities that tune into the unique needs and challenges of life for street-connected children.