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Knowledge Exchange Programme
Street children are perhaps one of the most visible signs of poverty and marginalisation in urban environments, yet their rights are often not realised. Furthermore, street children lack formal representation placing them outside the arena of policy development. Not only do they experience multi-faceted problems, but as a group they are difficult to define, both in terms of their relationship to the street and their status as both victims and perpetrators of crime; their complexity is key to their elusiveness. In addition, their independent status positions them outside the realms of child protection and the care of adults, often resulting in limited or no access to services without adult representation. As a group in society their voices are therefore silenced or totally absent by their marginalisation and exclusion.
Listening to street children and young people’s voices is however essential, not only in order to realise their rights, but also to help ensure the success of policy and programmes. When children actively take part in discussions regarding the issues that affect them, and their ideas are listened to and developed, those initiatives and interventions are much more likely to address problems at hand and result in successful outcomes. Children’s real participation will only be possible however if information is made available, barriers dismantled, and there is a real commitment to adapting ways of working to ensure accessibility. Participatory research offers one of the best ways in which to do this. It acknowledges children as experts in their own lives and creates space for their thoughts, ideas and opinions to guide the development of programmes and policy that affect them.
Our Knowledge Exchange programme will build upon the collaborative research of Growing up on the Streets. The participatory model used in the research will be adapted for use by other agencies and promoted through a series of workshops and events.
Participants from Growing Up on the Streets will also play a key part in analysing and interpreting their own findings for presentation to Governments, international and national agencies and decision makers. The aim will be to promote and advocate for the adoption of this innovative approach in research and programmes aimed at supporting street connected children. It is also to ensure their voices play a key part in policy making by NGOs, Governments and UN Agencies, bridging the current gap between legislation and political attitudes and street children's realities.
The Knowledge Exchange Programme is divided into three phases:
Phase One: Our Research Assistants in each country will take part in a training programme to help them to develop the confidence and skills to present research findings to NGO managers, government representatives and policy makers. Participants will describe their own experience and speak on behalf of other street children, expressing their thoughts, opinions and priorities about the issues that affect them the most. The training programme developed will also be presented as a toolkit for other NGO organisations to use with their own groups of children and young people who are street connected.
Phase Two: The second part of Knowledge Exchange will see our Peer Network of street child charities discuss and debate the research findings in an online forum. In September 2015 Growing up on the Streets will then host a conference in Harare. Our Research Assistants will again present their experiences to representatives of NGOs and also work with them to agree ways in which their services and support programmes could be adapted and developed based on research findings.
Phase Three: For the final phase of Knowledge Exchange Growing up on the Streets will organise an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) meeting in Parliament, supported by the Consortium for Street Children. The event will act as a platform to present key recommendations for policy change and advocate for the increased participation of children and young people in research and programme design. We also will be working with different schools in Scotland and England to run a number of interactive workshops to help raise awareness of the issues street connected children face. Our Knowledge Exchange activities will cumulate with a large scale conference in London in 2016.
If you are interested in finding out more about our Knowledge Exchange work, or if you would like to receive a copy of the participatory training toolkit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
WE WON THE MRS PRESIDENT'S MEDAL
This year SteertInvest was chosen as the winner by President of MRS Dame Dianne Thompson, Chair of MRS Richard Silman and CEO of MRS Jane Frost for our project Growing up on the Streets.
The project is run under the auspices of StreetInvest and is directly managed by the three Research Directors in collaboration with the University of Dundee:
Patrick Shanahan, Research Director of Growing Up On the Streets and co-Founder of StreetInvest
Dr Wayne Shand, Research Director of Growing Up On the Streets and Research Fellow at the University of Manchester’s Institute for Development Policy and Management
Dr Lorraine van Blerk, Research Director of Growing Up on the Streets and Reader in Human Geography, University of Dundee or more information on the MRS President's Medal please check https://www.mrs.org.uk/
Growing up on the Streets Presents Research at Chatham House
Briefing Paper 1 - Research PrinciplesPDF Download
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Principles de la recherche et cadre conceptualPDF Download
Briefing Paper 2 - MethodologyPDF Download
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Briefing Paper 3 - ShelterPDF Download
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N°3 L'abri el les jeunes vivants dans les ruesPDF Download
Briefing Paper 4 - Accessing FoodPDF Download
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L'accès à l'alimentation dans la ruePDF Download
Briefing Paper 5 - Work and EarningsPDF Download
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Le travail et les gains des enfants des ruesPDF Download
Briefing Paper 6 - Children's VoicesPDF Download
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Les voix des enfants et jeunes des ruesPDF Download
Briefing Paper 7 - Safe Movement in the CityPDF Download
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Se déplacer sans risque dans la villePDF Download
Briefing Paper 8 - Health & WellbeingPDF Download
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Santé et bien-être des enfants et jeunes des ruePDF Download
Briefing Paper 9 - Spirituality on the StreetsPDF Download
GUOTS Knowledge Exchange Training PackPDF Download
APPG 24th June 2014
On 24th June 2014, StreetInvest led the APPG for Street Children in Committee Room 10 of the House of Commons, which was chaired by Russell Brown MP. This APPG served as the first public discussion of the Growing up on the Streets project. The longitudinal research is coming to its half-way point and the APPG was used to present the objectives and methodology used in the research and a case study, using early findings, on the issue of shelter.
Objectives for this APPG:
- Raise awareness of the participatory methodology of the research
- Promote the significance of street children conducting research to feed into policy and service delivery
- Discuss with attendees how the findings can be used to shape services and policies to meet the needs of street children
- Encourage a broader discussion across the academic, NGO, business and government sectors to influence how we engage with street children to develop policies and services
WHO? Key personnel in the Research Project
Wayne Shand Patrick Shanahan Prof. Lorraine Van Blerk
Lister to Patrick presenting the
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Project Outline (June 2013)
Update on the "Growing Up on the Streets" research projectPDF Download
> City living: actions of local councils towards street children
> National elections in Zimbabwe
> A normal days work
> "He was teaching them..."
> Street Children loosing a shelter
> Mobility of Street Children
> The minders, the protectors
> Doing participartory research with children
Data Coding and Analysis
Democratic Republic of Congo, Bukavu
Aids Councelling Trust
Catholic Action for Street Children and Street Girls Aid