UNICEF estimates there are approximately 100 million street children worldwide, with that number constantly growing. In Australia, children make up to 17% of the homeless population, equating to almost 20 thousand children not having a safe place to sleep on any given night. Whilst the causes for child homelessness differ vastly between countries, the impact it has on the child and their future are similar.
Children experiencing homelessness are especially vulnerable. They are often subject to abuse, neglect and exploitation. Children experiencing homelessness are more likely to experience mental health problems, physical disability, emotional and behavioural problems than housed children.
Whilst the problems of the world can often seem insurmountable, those who have come before us have shown this to be untrue. Together we can build a kinder and safer world for all kids.