OUTREACH: Street-LIVING Children

At Street Kids Direct, we provide training and support to projects outreach workers and volunteers.
We work alongside projects to collaboratively strengthen and develop outreach programmes that respond to and help those living on the streets the best we can. 

DEFINING STREET CHILDREN

Defining Street-living children is as complex as the issue itself and therefore many organisations define them differently. Many at-risk children live on the streets, whilst some may only work on the streets or spend the majority of their time there. 

At Street Kids Direct, we identify street-living children as:

Any child or young person who sleeps and depends on the street in order to survive. 

Is life dangerous on the streets?

For the vast majority, life on the streets is short, violent and exacerbated by crime and abuse. This is particuarly acute in Latin America where there is a disturbing history of torture and murder of street children. Drug abuse is prevalent for most, used to forget the pain of street life and keep them warm.

Do they have families?

Normally, most street children do not maintain contact with their families. Physical, sexual abuse and poverty are the three most commonly cited reasons by street children for leaving home.
Therefore, maintaining any contact is highly unlikely. 

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