The Day

About the Day

The 6th International Day for Street Children takes place on 12th April 2016, providing a platform for millions of street children around the world to speak out so that their rights cannot be ignored. This year our Identity Campaign challenges negative perceptions of street children, highlights their potential and encourages the public and decision makers to look at the children without preconceived ideas, so that they are no longer invisible and ignored.

How to get involved

Join our #TweetForTheStreet 2016 social media campaign:

Be part of our #TweetForTheStreet social media campaign so that together we can mobilise 12 million people worldwide on 12 April. Follow us at @streetchildren and share the following content on social media, using the #TweetForTheStreet hashtag, with your own followers from 1st April 2016:

- Our 2016 Street Children World Map infographic (with all the latest keys statistics and facts about street children). A hi-res version is also available:

- The visuals for our Identity Campaign.

We also encourage you to feature this material on your website(s) and/or print and share it as appropriate.

You can also support our Thunderclap campaign here.

Donate to support the work of CSC:

On International  Day for Street Children when you are thinking of those who depend on the streets every day, can you donate the equivalent of the cost of your breakfast, main meal or the cost of a hotel room in the city you live in? If you wish to support our work and make a donation you can do so here.

Demand an official UN Day for Street Children:

Sign the petition on the right of this screen and encourage your friends, colleagues and contacts to do the same. We want to grow our petition to 16,000 signatures on 12 April 2016. If it becomes an official UN Day – like World Water Day or World AIDS Day – then vital pressure will be placed on governments around the world to recognise and support street children. It will mean street children will finally get the help and attention they deserve.

Join us in spreading the word so that these children will be impossible to ignore.

Download and share our Identity Briefing Paper

The Briefing Paper brings together material and findings as a follow up to our Research Conference 2015 on street children and identity.

Download the Briefing Paper.

Other ways to support us:

If you are based in the UK, throughout April 2016 you can raise funds for International Day for Street Children by choosing our dedicated CSC dish (Old Delhi style butter chicken) at the Cinnamon Club, with £5 donated by the original modern Indian restaurant in London. You can also join us on Sunday 19 June 2016 in Windsor and Just Walk from 10km to 31km to raise funds to help street children around the world. You can find more information and register here.

Tell us what activities you are planning for the Day:

If you are an organisation or individual working directly with street children, tell us what activities and events you are planning for the Day and we will feature them on this website and publicise them through social media. You can also share with us stories and images relating to your work and the children you support, especially if these relate to our Identity theme.

What is the significance of numbers 16 and 12?

It is a nod to Human Rights Council Resolution16/12 on the protection and promotion of the rights of children working and/or living on the street. This 2011 resolution attracted more co-sponsors than almost any other resolution since the creation of the Human Rights Council. It testified to States’ recognition of the importance of advancing the fulfilment of the rights of children in street situations. It led to a ground-breaking report in 2012 by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in a unique cross-sector partnership with the Consortium for Street Children, Aviva and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). That led, in turn, to a decision by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to prepare a General Comment on Children in Street Situations, which we anticipate will be delivered in 2017.

A bit of background about the Day:

The Consortium for Street Children (CSC) launched the International Day for Street Children in 2011, with help from its global corporate partner Aviva, to ensure that millions of street children around the globe have their voices heard. Every year since then support has grown, and the day is now celebrated in over 130 countries by street children and their champions. Celebrated by street children, NGOs, celebrities, policy makers, businesses and individuals around the world, the Day now has high profile supporters including Steven Gerrard, Danny Boyle, John Major and Bianca Jagger.

This year the event is supported by Aviva and the Debenhams Foundation

About Aviva

Aviva is a well-known life, general insurance and asset management business. In 2011 Aviva helped launch the first International Day for Street Children and has supported the event ever since.

Aviva also runs the Street to School, its flagship global community development initiative. Launched in 2009, the programme has so far helped more than 800,000 children in 17 different countries. During 2013 Aviva shifted its focus from just being a champion for street child rights to being a catalyst. That means working with partners to develop more sustainable, lasting outcomes and helping more people work together on behalf of street-connected children.

About the Debenhams Foundation

The Debenhams Foundation was established in 2012 to ensure that Debenhams had a strong and consistent approach to charitable fundraising.  Each year Debenhams’ customers and staff raise over £1 million to support causes to support local, national and international communities.

The Debenhams Foundation is proud to support the Consortium for Street Children’s International Day for Street Chilren as part of its mission to help those in the most vulnerable positions.  We hope that our involvement will play a part in raising the issue of Street Children’s identities and empower their access to essential education and health services.   

About Consortium for Street Children (CSC)

CSC was set up by NGOs around the world, to amplify the voices of street children, promote their rights and improve their lives.

We now have a network of members in over 130 countries, including small charities, large international NGOs, global corporations, academics, and affiliated groups of street children.

For over two decades, CSC has been working hard to improve the lives of street children worldwide, including through the International Day for Street Children.