Patrick Shanahan

Co-founder (d)

Patrick (30th August 1941 - 7th August 2016 ) inspired many with his belief in and commitment to street children. The vision he laid out guides StreetInvest to this day and our work is his legacy.


A champion for street children

Patrick advocated for street children and their rights throughout his life and was an inspiration to many. Patrick founded numerous street child charities in his life in the UK and Africa, including StreetInvest. He supported the Consortium for Street Children for 20 years and in 2011 was awarded their inaugural Street Child Champions Award, in recognition of his unwavering commitment.

In 2013 he initiated and became Research Director of the groundbreaking Growing up on the Streets research project, which sought to bring a voice to nearly 200 street youth living across Africa.

At the United Nations

Patrick was instrumental in the journey to the United Nations General Comment on Children in Street Situations, which was published in July 2017. This marked the first time that Governments’ obligations to street children under international law have been specifically and definitively laid out.

Patrick addressed the UN on no less than three occasions in his fight for international guidance on the protection of street children's rights, in May 2011, November 2011 and May 2014

A father on the streets

While Patrick will be remembered for his great oratory, passion and dedication he is perhaps even more fondly remembered as a father to street children. While he worked to be heard at the highest levels, he firmly believed that his work started and ended on the street with the young people he fought for. He spent much time visiting young people on the streets in cities across Africa - young people for whom he became a friend and father figure.

Patrick's speeches, papers and presentations