Glad’s House is committed to 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.
We work with the Municipal council and Police force to deliver training on Child Rights and challenging the current view of Street Children. We empower our young people to speak to Police and to begin breaking down barriers
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.