International Day for Street Children

National Theatre projection

The first International Day for Street Children was launched at a reception at the National Theatre on April 12th 2011

The International Day for Street Children takes place on April 12th. The day provides a platform for the millions of street children around the world to speak out so that their rights cannot be ignored.

IDSC 2016

This year’s theme is Identity, linking the event with our recent Research Conference. We are looking at street children’s identities in terms of the difficulties these children and young people have when trying to get identity documents and how this leads to them not being able to access key services such as education and healthcare or to harassment by the police, but also in terms of how street children define their own identities, how they see themselves and also how societies in general perceive them. If you want to get involve in the IDSC email us for more information.

IDSC 2015

Last year our main theme for the Day was a celebration of the United Nations agreeing to develop a General Comment on Children in Street Situations and the positive impact it will have on street children and the organisations that support them.

We  also continued our #TweetForTheStreet campaign on social media to make the children voices heard. You can find out more about the day at

High profile supporters of the day have included Steven Gerrard, Danny Boyle, John Major and Bianca Jagger.

These children need a voice and need to be heard by the international community. I urge everyone to go online and pledge their support.”

Danny Boyle, Director – Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later

CSC is currently seeking support for International Day for Street Children to be adopted by the United Nations. If the day becomes a UN Day – like World Water Day or World AIDS day – then vital pressure will be placed on governments around the world to recognise and support street children.

You can join over 3,000 people who have already signed our Demand a Day petition and find out more about International Day for Street Children at

The International Day for Street Children has been supported by Aviva, the world’s 6th largest insurance group, HSBC, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations and Tesco, one of the world’s leading retailers.

It Starts With You: The journey to UN recognition of International Day for Street Children

Click the image below to view the whole infographic detailing why we want the UN to adopt the day, and the part you can play in the journey.

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