ut others may have to begin work and learn independence at just afew years of age.Our societies have always had children whose lives are at risk.
ut as towns and cities grow, as families face more and more pressures,as job opportunities become fewer and societies become less able tocope with the consequences, so more and more children take to life onthe streets.Few countries today do not share this growing problem.
GuidelinesFOR WORKING WITH STREET CHILDREN
THERE ARE TWO
ASIC RULES for work with any children:
The main barrier to successful programmes is our own attitude.
The main resource in any project is the children themselves.Adults tend to assume they know what is best for children.
ut streetchildren who have been taking a good deal of responsibility forthemselves often have very definite ideas about what is best for them.The problem is that few people listen to them or use their skills andabilities.
efore beginning plans for any project, information should be gathered.
Which groups of children are most at risk? Which groups of children are receiving least help? Which of these groups are you best able to help?