The charity Railway Children is calling for immediate government action, as there are more than 100,000 forgotten children at risk on our streets.
Railway Children has a new partnership with Aviva to become the UK charity for the insurer’s Street to School programme designed to get these vulnerable children off the streets.
Street to School is a global programme designed to raise awareness and support for children living on the streets in order to get them back into everyday life. The new UK programme will provide Railway Children with much-needed funds to recruit street workers and support staff. It will also help fund regional refuge projects and put in place education programmes designed to prevent children ending up on the streets in the first place.
Terina Keene of Railway Children says, "Government has no idea how many children are at risk on our streets right now. It is like Victorian Britain out there. These children do not want to be found because they are often running away from horrific problems and for them the street is often their safest option. Critically, two out of three runaway children when interviewed said they didn’t think they had ever been reported missing. The first step is to understand the scale of the problem, the second step is to do something about it.”
Aviva has also teamed up with The Big Issue to produce a special one-off version of the magazine highlighting the issue of children living on UK streets. 50,000 copies of The Little Issue will be distributed free inside The Big Issue from September 27.