International Day for Street Children: 12 April 2021

12 Apr 2021


With the support of the International Executive Board and on behalf of the Chairperson of the Professional Commission, Demetris Demetriou, I write to remind you that the International Day for Street Children 2021 is nearly here.

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These last 12 months will have been very difficult for kids living on the streets, as humanity has battled a global pandemic. This is why it is important to remind you of the values and ongoing work of the Consortium for Street Children (CSC), and to ask you all to consider what action and support your Section might be able to provide.

CSC is a global alliance that exists to be the voice of street children and ensure their rights to services, resources, care and opportunities are met. CSC aims to promote good practice, challenge and change the systems that cause harm, creating powerful links between organisations, activists and policy makers around the world who are addressing the needs and rights of street children, providing advocacy, capacity building, shared learning and research.

CSC wants a world where street children live with dignity, in safety and security.

CSC wants to change the world for street children by:

• ensuring they have the same access to services, resources, care and opportunities that other children have;
• amplifying street children’s voices so they can make their views known;
• putting an end to the discrimination street-connected children around the world face on a daily basis.

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.
Please find out more at: https://www.streetchildren.org

Thank you for taking the time to consider the plight of street children around the world and what your Section might do to support this important cause locally.

Clive Wood, Member of the Professional Commission & President IPA UK