Reserve your seat for our annual Research Conference!

On 9th November 2017, CSC is holding its 5th Annual Research Conference: “I Bend but I don’t Break: Exploring street-connected children’s resilience”, at the offices of Baker McKenzie in London. The Keynote Speaker is Professor Linda Theron, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

This one-day conference will address street-connected children’s resilience. Resilience as a concept has gained currency in child rights and development sectors. It has become a way to conceptualise children’s capabilities to deal with adversity, trauma and daily challenges and is influencing programme development and new research on children. But what is resilience? When are street-connected children resilient? What social, political and other factors contribute to a child being resilient?

The research conference will illustrate the importance of understanding resilience for street-connected children, affirm that practitioners can facilitate resilience-building and enthuse participants to use resilience-based approaches in their research and practice. There will be two panel sessions to examine: (1) understanding and experiences of resilience on the streets; and (2) sexual abuse and resilience.

Practical workshops will be held exploring themes in more depth.

The Conference will take place at the offices of Baker McKenzie, 100 New Bridge St, London, from 8.30am – 5.00pm on Thursday 9th November 2017. Find the tentative agenda for the Conference here.

Please register by 3rd November 2017 to reserve your place!

CSC network members have three places free of charge. Additional places and the price for non-network members is £30. Student places are free.

Remote online participation
We are delighted to be able to offer our Members the opportunity to participate in this year’s Conference remotely. Many thanks to Baker McKenzie for making this possible.

If you would like to make use of this facility, please send an RSVP to by 12.00 (GMT), 6th November, and we will send you instructions on how to join. You will be able to join the meeting on a computer or mobile phone. You can test your connection here:

For additional information on the Research Conference, please contact Lizet Vlamings, Advocacy and Research Manager, at

We gratefully acknowledge the support from the Oak Foundation and Baker McKenzie in making this Conference possible.