Working with children

We work with partner organisations that support street children worldwide.

These partners organise the national teams who play at our sports events. They select young people whose participation will boost their personal development goals.

Team Philippines, organised by Fairplay For All, at the Street Child World Cup Rio 2014

How do we choose which organisations to work with?

Supporting a young person’s personal development

Each national team is organised, selected and supported by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) working to improve the lives of street-connected children in their community. We work with them in “partnership” throughout their participation.

Each organisation completes our application and due diligence process. We assess their work, impact and suitability and their safeguarding processes working with children.

We work with organisations that demonstrate how they will support each young person taking part; before, during and after their participation. It is essential that their participation forms part of their on-going personal development.

Impact beyond the field

We work with organisations who will use their participation to raise awareness and support for the situation for street children in their countries and communities, helping more street-connected children receive protection and support to realise their potential.

Child centred approach

Our partner organisations share our commitment to working with a child-centred-approach. This means placing children’s rights at the centre of our activities, empowering them and ensuring that every child is treated with dignity and fairness, is protected and able to participate.

Ahead of each event, we organise a Global Summit, which brings together our network of partner organisations to share good practice and learning, and to plan their participation, including child protection and development.

How are the children and young people selected?

Each NGO organising a national team is responsible for selecting which child or young person will take part.

We ask that each child or young person is currently under the care of our partner organisation and benefitting from the services they provide.

We ask them to select children and young people who may act as spokespeople for all street-connected children – rather than for their sporting ability.

Every young person who takes part has experienced a connection to the streets or homelessness – this could mean they have either experienced street living, street working, homelessness, foster care or adoption, government care (including orphans) or been at risk of the streets/homelessness or for whom the street is a dominant part of their life. This reflects the wide range of situations children experience in connection to the streets or homelessness in different countries around the world.

We recognise the trauma many of the children involved will have experienced, and that these children, while very resilient, are also highly vulnerable. Their wellbeing is of central importance to us.

We ask that our partner organisations conduct thorough assessments with each child or young person, agree an individual development plan, and provide surrounding care throughout their participation.

What happens when the children return home?

We want each child or young person to return home empowered as an ambassador. We want them to feel valued and confident about speaking about their rights and able to inspire others to see all street children as human beings with rights.

Each child continues their personal development under the care of our partner organisation. This may involve continuing with their studies or some form of training.

We ask our partners to monitor each child and share their progress with us.

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