In 2009, CSC was appointed as Secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Street Children. APPGs are informal, cross-party groups of MPs and Peers who share a particular interest in a subject. As of July 2017, the APPG on Street Children is chaired by Baroness Miller (Liberal Democrat), Karen Buck MP (Labour), Rupa Huq MP (Labour), Baroness Manzoor (Conservative) and Lord Dholakia (Liberal Democrat).

APPG meetings are held in Parliament with the aim of sharing information about issues affecting street children worldwide and communicating concerns to parliamentarians, ambassadors, and governments. As Coordinator of the APPG, we are able to assist the Co-Chairs by connecting them with our members so that they can learn from and share our network’s expertise on their parliamentary platform.

In October 2017, the APPG Co-Chairs will be deciding the APPG programme for the year ahead, drawing on the new United Nations General Comment on Children in Street Situations. Previous APPG meetings have focused on such key issues as the right to a birth certificate, the right to education and violence at the hands of the police.

For more information on the APPG on Street Children, or to learn how you can engage with its work, please contact the APPG Coordinator, Stacy Stroud, at: stacy@streetchildren.org.