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Handbook of International Social WorkHuman Rights, Development, and the Global Profession$
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Lynne M. Healy and Rosemary J. Link

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333619

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.001.0001

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Children in and of the Street

Children in and of the Street

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(p.160) 23 Children in and of the Street
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Handbook of International Social Work
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Kristin M. Ferguson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.003.0023

This chapter begins with a global overview of children in and of the street. It then describes frameworks to guide policymakers and social work professionals in working with street children. It argues for the need to develop policy and practice responses that are holistic, collaborative, and asset based. Evaluation research of interventions suggests that organizations offering integrated services in one location are most successful in addressing street children's various needs. Programs that can provide multiple services (e.g., shelter, food, education, employment, counseling, and health care) will ultimately have greater success helping children exit the streets and preparing them for adulthood compared with programs offering one-dimensional services.

Keywords:   street children, social work practice, social development policy, social services

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