This website treats of Children Rough Sleepers, meaning children who are runaways and homeless. These are children who run away, leave or are thrown out of home or supported care accommodation and are thus wandering and sleeping rough upon the streets of Europe owing to their being, for some reason, homeless.
Children Rough Sleepers are vulnerable children who, as such, can become victims of sexual exploitation and abuse and even perpetrators of crimes in order to survive on the streets.
Policy development over the last 20 years has had little impact: the numbers of rough sleeping children has risen Europewide, their needs still unmet and preventative protection measures having hardly benefited them at all.
Research into the extent and scale of the phenomenom of Children Rough Sleepers in Europe, evaluation of current services, target group needs and experiences, identification of best practices, policies, services.
Statutory and non-statutory organizations and communities across Europe have a responsibility to tackle the growing problems of Children Rough Sleepers. Via training workshops it is possible to equip key professionals, individuals and organizations with up-to-date knowledge, skills, awareness, access to information and knowledge exchange on different operational models so as to effectively meet the needs of Children Rough Sleepers.
Such children live upon our streets because they have nowhere else to go and no one left to turn to. They remain unprotected by current policies or practice. The need exists to raise awareness of realities surrounding rough sleeping and to educate children, parents, schools and the general public on the issues and problems of children rough sleepers, runaways and homelessness as well as the dangers which accompany life on the streets.
The need remains to disseminate project findings to wider audiences and especially to EU-policy makers. Children who end up on the streets are frightened and vulnerable and in urgent need of effective and immediate answers. To respond to their needs, to raise awareness at grassroots and policy level, a network of players dealing with Children Rough Sleeping issues has been developed. Capacity-building, knowledge transfer activities, an improved knowledge base and more supportive and responsive services are being marshaled in place.
The creation of a network connecting large numbers of Brussels regional offices and local European stakeholders with the aim of combating violence against children and supporting new and innovative methods of intervention.