Glad’s House is committed to creating lasting change for street children and children in conflict with the law.
We are advocating for the rights of homeless children and young people at a local, national and international level.
At a local level we aim to change the experiences that children and young people endure within the Criminal Justice System; we are lobbying local and national government to prevent children being persecuted and arrested for the ‘crime’ of being homeless, ensuring they have legal representation after arrest, and stop incarceration without sentence.
To date we have trained over 100 police officers and county government security officers and over 200 government social workers, prison officers, court clerks and judges on child rights. In this training we included a day looking at issues street children face and create spaces for them to share their experiences of life on the streets and how current policy impacts them. We create spaces for our children and young people’s voices to be heard. We want them to be part of creating change. Only when decision makers see these children and young people as just that, not a nameless, faceless group can we create lasting change.
As part of our ongoing commitment to advocating for the rights of children and young people Globally, we undertook a Consultation with 54 children and young people that were currently living on the streets or had left the streets and were in the care of Glad’s House in March 2016. The Consultation spanned three days and the recommendations were submitted to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, as part of the new General Comment on Children in Street Situations. From this document we created the Mombasa Resolution stating 8 key demands that children and young people are demanding of Local and National Government to ensure they have access to some of their key rights.