PREVENTION: High-Risk Children

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 High risk children or youth are those that are, or likely to become, street connected.
They are identified through a series of risk factors in their lives which have been highlighted as key drivers to ending up on the streets.

At Street Kids Direct, we work with projects to identify at-risk children and families so that in partnership, we can support these families and prevent the children from joining the streets. Our training and support helps projects to identify families, whilst our mentoring programme provides an effective tool that projects can use to support families. 

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IDENTIFYING CHILDREN AND YOUTH AT RISK:

From research, with ACE, there are 10 risk factors that have a direct correlation to children developing negative health outcomes later in life. These are:

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RECURRENT EMOTIONAL ABUSE

MOTHER TREATED VIOLENTLY

NEGATIVE MENTAL HEALTH OF FAMILY MEMBER

ONE OR NO PARENTS

DEATH OF SOMEONE CLOSE

RECURRENT PHYSICAL ABUSE

CONTACT SEXUAL ABUSE

HOUSEHOLD DRUG OR ALCHOHOL ABUSE

INCARCERATED FAMILY MEMBER

EMOTIONAL OR PHYSICAL NEGLECT

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If a child has 
four or more of these, they are identified as high-risk and 4600% more likely to use drugs, and 1200% more likely to commit suicide.

The statistics are alarming, but we have shared hope that things can change.
This is why we partner with organisations to identify those children and families at risk. This means we can help to prevent them taking to street life and help them take positive steps towards enjoying life in all its fullness. 

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