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Call for Submissions

Pursuant to HRC resolution 16/12 on the protection and promotion of the rights of children working and/or living on the street, OHCHR will be submitting a report on this subject to the Human Rights Council at its 19th Session in March 2012. OHCHR welcomes inputs, in English, French or Spanish, from civil society organizations and networks, national human rights institutions (NHRIs), scholars, research institutions and policy think tanks, private sector businesses and networks, community movements, children and youth organizations and networks, to provide information about:

  • Challenges, lessons learned and good practices in using a holistic, child rights and gender-based approach to protect and promote the rights of children working and/or living on the street, particularly focusing on relevant research, provision and support of services, and personal experiences.

For specific information requests, please click here.

Submissions should be as concise as possible and sent to the following email address no later than 3 October 2011: children.street@ohchr.org

Submissions received will subsequently be posted on this webpage.

Submissions will help inform a Global research paper on the situation of street connected children led by Dr. Sarah Thomas de Benitez (Consultant) and a Children’s Views Paper, led by Louise Meincke (Consultant), which will be presented to an Expert Consultation organized by OHCHR which will be held in Geneva on 1-2 November 2011.

Submissions will also inform the OHCHR report to the Council and will help build recommendations for the Human Rights Council in order to improve the promotion and protection of the rights of children working and/or living on the street.

Specific Information Requests

Please only respond to those requests that are relevant to you or your organisation.

RESEARCH –

  1. If you collect quantitative data and have generated reliable statistics on children working and/or living on the streets in the past decade, please tell us:
    1. What data collection methods you have used (max. 1 page summary and/or link to your materials)
    2. What statistics you have produced (please provide links)
    3. How you have used the information generated
    4. What good practice(s) you have introduced to data collection or use of the information generated
    5. What criteria you have used to define ‘good practice’ in this context
  1. If you use qualititative or mixed methods to gather information with/about children working and/or living on the streets in the past decade, please tell us:
    1. What methods you have used (max. 1 page summary and/or link to your materials)
    2. What materials you have produced (please provide links)
    3. How you have used the information generated
    4. What good practice(s) you have introduced to information gathering or its use
    5. What criteria you have used to define ‘good practice’ in this context

INTERVENTIONS & SUPPORT FOR INTERVENTIONS –

  1. If you provide prevention, promotion or support services - or if you finance or otherwise support the provision of such services - for children working and/or living on the streets, please tell us (max. 2 page summary and/or link to your materials):
    1. What key challenges you have faced
    2. What key lessons you have learned
    3. What good practice(s) you have introduced to providing or supporting services
    4. What criteria you have used to define ‘good practice’ in this context
  1. If you provide mechanisms – or have supported access to such mechanisms - for children working and/or living on the street to report alleged violations of their rights, please tell us (max. 1 page summary and/or link to your materials):
    1. What key challenges you have faced
    2. What key successes you have experienced or witnessed
    3. What key lessons you have learned
    4. What good practice(s) you have introduced to providing or supporting access to reporting mechanisms
    5. What criteria you have used to define ‘good practice’ in this context

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE –

  1. If you have worked or lived on the streets as a young person please tell us:
    1. What you learned from your experiences in the street and from any support you received that could be useful for people, authorities or organizations who want to improve protection for children
    2. What support services you would recommend as helpful to other young people in your situation.