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"Every child needs a trustworthy adult in their life"
Every child needs a trustworthy adult in their life

FAQ

 

1. WHO ARE STREETINVEST?

2. HOW DOES THE TRAINING WORK? HOW DO THE TRAINED STREET WORKERS HELP THE STREET CHILDREN?

3. HOW IS THE CASH DISBURSED-CHECKS AND BALANCES?

4. IS THERE A SYSTEM OF FORMAL INDEPENDENT EVALUATION?

5. IS THERE ANY ACCREDITATION OF THE TRAINING OR TRAINERS?

6. WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DOES YOUR TRAINER HAVE?

7. WHERE DO YOU INTEND TO OPERATE?

8. IS STREETINVEST "FAITH" BASED



1. WHO ARE STREETINVEST?

StreetInvest is a UK based, not for profit organisation delivering training to street worker agencies throughout the world. With over 30 years in the sector, we offer an innovative training package which equips professional helpers to support, advise and counsel street children, allowing them to make their own positive choices in life. This process builds the capacities of the organisation receiving the training, and the capabilities of the worker, whose skills are developed, and ultimately create a productive relationship with the child and young person on the street.
 

2. HOW DOES THE TRAINING WORK? HOW DO THE TRAINED STREET WORKERS HELP THE STREET CHILDREN?

Our training encourages workers to start to identify with the realities of a child and its situation; moving from a notion that these children are ‘outside' and ‘excluded' to one where the child's agency and ‘right' to be on the street is acknowledged. We encourage street workers through our training to work with each and every street child as an individual; this enables the child to be recognised as a unique human being, and not part of a homogenous group of ‘street children' which is often misunderstood and misrepresented.

3. HOW IS THE CASH DISBURSED-CHECKS AND BALANCES?

StreetInvest works closely with a local ‘host' partner. Very often this local partner has been recommended by a UK agency, or is a partner with whom we have worked with in the past. The host partner works as training co-ordinator and is responsible for many of the logistical elements to deliver the training. Local costs are transferred to this partner and all expenditure recorded against an initial budget which has been compiled with StreetInvest.  We compile a budget in both pounds and local currency and build in a small contingency to allow for the actuality of currency fluctuations. At all times we encourage an approach with local partners that does not allow for expenses to be unrealistic, inflated or unnecessary. Our trainers stay in local budget hotels and travel economy class.
 

4. IS THERE A SYSTEM OF FORMAL INDEPENDENT EVALUATION?

Yes. We have just completed the first phase of an independent evaluation conducted by the University of Ulster, School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies. Read their report here.

5. IS THERE ANY ACCREDITATION OF THE TRAINING OR TRAINERS?

StreetInvest believes that the extraordinary work undertaken by street workers deserves support, respect and recognition. 

The University of Ulster has taken the first step by formally recognising the "Take your shoes off" training. The University has assessed the credit rating against first year at University and confirmed a rating of ten credits for this initial training of street workers. This is the first step in a longer process.  Other modules of the training can be similarly assessed.  In the UK, 60 credits creates the possibility of a formal Certificate of Education and 120 credits is the exit point for a Certificate of Higher Education.  These possibilities are under further study. Of equal or greater importance is formal recognition in the country where the street work is carried out.  StreetInvest hopes to be able to bring the UK accreditation to local universities and others to be able to develop recognized standards of accreditation for street work.  We believe that street workers provide a service as valuable as any social or youth worker and they should be able to receive similar formal recognition.  StreetInvest continues to work to try to make this a reality.
 

6. WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DOES YOUR TRAINER HAVE?

Our Lead Trainer and Director of Training Services, Jacinta Bennett has 12 years experience in international development including living and working with VSO in Cameroon, Nigeria and Ethiopia and with Advantage Africa in Kenya and Uganda. She was one of Street Invest’s first associate trainers and, with extensive training experience across the UK, Canada and Tanzania, she is now StreetInvest’s Director of Training. Jacinta has a Masters degree in development from Manchester’s Institute for Development Policy and Management and an MA and teaching diploma from the University of Glasgow.

 

 

7. WHERE DO YOU INTEND TO OPERATE?

StreetInvest aims to work with street children globally. Our criteria for working with agencies supporting street children is that the NGO:

  • Does or intends to start street work as a way of developing relationships with children and young people on the street
  • We would prioritise working with agencies where there are no existing structures to assist street children and youth in that place.
  • Recognises that the term street children has different interpretations in different countries - in the context of Europe we would understand street children as being runaways or homeless.

8. IS STREETINVEST "FAITH" BASED?

We are non denominational and willingly work with organisations, children and young people regardless of faith, ethnicity, tribe or clan. We respect the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This is a fundamental human right explicitly set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,

 

StreetInvest Club 12/04

Club 12/04 Members secure enough unrestricted funding to support StreetInvest as our projects continue to grow.

12th April is the International Day for Street Children.

1204 monthly standing order mandates of just £12.04 a month will underwrite us for however long it takes to achieve our vision of a trustworthy adult in the life of every street child.

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