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. Now in its fourth year, the day provides a platform for the millions of street children around the world to speak out so that their rights cannot be ignored.

Since its launch in 2011 support for the day has grown – in 2013 activities took place in 132 countries. The day is celebrated by street children, NGOs, policy makers, businesses and individuals around the world. Over the last few years activities and celebrations have been diverse and have included football tournaments, street parades, workshops, balloon releases, film screenings, art exhibitions, a record breaking shoe shine, a ‘street kids got talent’ competition and local level advocacy.


If the Whole World Was Listening, What Would You Say?

We're asking people, especially street children, from all around the globe what they would say if the whole world was listening for just one day; International Day for Street Children. Tell us what you would say using the form below, and we'll put them up online.
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International Day for Street Children

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

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

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 2014 via our microsite

The International Day for Street Children is 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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