Street Child Interventions and Policies

  • G. K. LietenEmail author
  • Talinay Strehl
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research book series (BRIEFSWELLBEING, volume 15)


The insight information on child street life will enrich the discussion on best practices. Policies relate to the legal framework, to the financial constraints and to the different visions and strategies. The strict regime in children’s home and the open-door shelters are the two extremes. A soft approach, with the freedom and agency of street children in mind, helps to facilitates self-destructive behaviour and leaves children where they are, at the margins of society. It is suggested that children may accept restrictions on their freedom in exchange for love, respect and care.


Government and NGO policies Child-rights based approach Homes Open-door shelters Pedagogy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.HeemstedeThe Netherlands
  2. 2.AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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