Our History

The Consortium for Street Children was officially launched on 18th November 1993 at No. 10 Downing Street by then Prime Minister, John Major.

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Then Prime Minister John Major with CSC founding members. From left to right:
Surina Narula, Bryan Wood, Nic Fenton, Baroness Flather, John Major, Trudy Davies, Anna Capaldi, Anabel Lloyd, Georgina Vestey

At the launch event John Major gave an impassioned speech to an audience of Ambassadors, Parliamentarians, Heads of Industry and practitioners. Three street children who had met and played football with Sir John earlier that year at a project in Rio de Janeiro were also present as they were on a visit to the UK with Christian Aid. (They later survived the terrible ‘Candeleria Massacre’, during which street children were shot at by police – and eight killed – whilst sleeping on the steps of a local cathedral.)

CSC was established to meet the needs of a growing number of small street children charities who expressed a wish for an umbrella body to bring them all together and be a strong global advocacy voice for street children. A year before we officially launched, Nic Fenton, Director of Childhope and Trudy Davis, Research and Liaison Officer to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Population and Development, worked together to identify a founding committee and to get the backing of UK Government. Headed by Lady Ewart-Biggs, then President of UNICEF, the founding committee first met on 29th May 1992. By the time of our official launch in 1993 CSC had a membership of 30 UK based street children NGOs. Sadly by then Lady Ewart-Biggs had passed away and Baroness Shreela Flather took on the role of Chair.

Over the last 20 years the Consortium for Street Children has worked tirelessly to increase awareness of street children, ensure their voices are heard at policy level and identify innovative solutions to address the issues they face.

During this time we have grown in strength and in number. Today, over 100 organisations and individuals from across the globe make up the CSC network and Sir John Major, KG CH is our Patron.