We take a systemic approach based on the ecology of the child. We deliver solutions across the spectrum of prevention, intervention and reintegration, together with expert local partners.
We work across all four stages of the ecology of the child. We believe that this is the most holistic approach to tackling the issue of street connected children; we believe that children are on the streets as a result of issues and failures at each of these levels.
We are guided by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in taking a rights based approach to working with street connected children.
We work to protect children from abuse, neglect, violence and exploitation today as well as the consequences of these tomorrow.
Local knowledge and expertise is key to our strategy in each country we work. Therefore we invest in local partners to ensure we are working where the need is greatest, where we can have the most impact, and in a long-term, sustainable way.
Locally-led solutions increase the effectiveness, legitimacy and cost effectiveness of our engagement with street-connected and other exploited children.
The projects we develop with local partners target 3 key stages:
Vulnerable children and families sometimes need help. We fund long-term work to fight poverty in cities across the world. It is easier to help a child before they hit the streets – our chances of success are so much better. Our job is to help families on the brink of destruction, to prevent children being forced to work or live on the streets.
It is easier to help a child before they hit the streets – our chances of success are so much better.
In a crisis, children and young people need direct help and they need it quickly. We support children who are living and/or working on the streets. We offer practical day to day support and advice.
We work to remove children from a permanent live on the streets. Our job is to place children in a safe and secure environment where they can grow and flourish.
Vulnerable children living or working on the streets need protection from abuse and neglect. We work with families and agencies to place the children appropriately. Our job is to ensure children are placed in a safe home and have the support they need to recover from their experiences.