Regional Research on prevalence of street children phenomenon in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia

Street involved and at risk children represent the most vulnerable group of individuals in social need. This group of children, due to poverty and the fact that they often work long hours, remains excluded from all relevant social systems. The number of street involved children has increased rapidly over the past few years in South Eastern Europe.

This research was planned, with the aim of researching the phenomenon of “children living and working on the street and children at risk of street involvement” in countries covered by RNSIC activities. The research study which was built on two components, quantitative and qualitative, was conducted in 4 different countries: Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Republic of Serbia. The quantitative component aimed to assess the situation of vulnerable families of street involved children and children at risk, while the qualitative component focused on identifying the gaps and needs in service provision for these children.

A total of 1062 households were encompassed by the research (103 in Albania, 300 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 150 in Montenegro and 509 in Serbia). The qualitative component consisted of 7 focus group discussions with the participation of a total of 71 relevant stakeholders. Data was collected in Tirana (Albania), Bihać and Brčko(Bosnia and Herzegovina), Belgrade and Novi Sad (Serbia) and Podgorica (Montenegro). Data collection and analysis were conducted during June and July 2016. 

The main findings of the research indicate that the families of street involved children and children at risk face numerous difficulties in their everyday life. For more info go to Regional Research on prevalence of street children phenomenon in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia

Second Home

Regional network for children involved in the life and / or work on the street and children at risk prepared a short documentary titled Second Home.

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International Day of children involved in the life and work on the street

International Day of children involved in the life and work on the street is an opportunity to look once again at a problem that is increasingly present in our country. More and more children in BiH is begging on the streets, restaurants, large shopping centers every day. Those children are not registered at birth, have no birth certificate, no health nor social protection and do not go to school, like they do not exist. 

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New programme for additional support in education

Since September 1st 2014, Shelter for street children has started implementation of Programme for individual additional support in learning and education. We have included several kids who visit Shelter often. We developed individual plans for each child. The aim of this plan is providing help and support in coping with school program. Plan also includes frequent contacts with schools that these children attend and their parents, as well as reducing psychophysical consequences and stimulating childrens’ abilities. A team of few experts works with these children on daily basis. The plan contains detailed steps for fulfilling individual aims.

Since we’ve started realization, included children have progressed greatly. They attend their classes regularly, get good grades, initiate getting help with their homework or learning, and their parents are much more supportive than before.