Charity launches digital Atlas for street children

A new interactive map will give policy makers, charities and the general public a comprehensive view on the rights of streets children around the world.

Chloe Green | 8th May 19
Image of street children in India

A ‘Legal Atlas for Street Children’ has been launched that provides a comprehensive overview of laws affecting street children across the world.

The app, in the form of a digital map visualisation and country comparison tool, is designed to put information about the rights of street children directly into the hands of street children and their advocates.

It has been built by Idea Bureau for The Consortium for Street Children and represents over two years of research from over 900 volunteers worldwide, using the United Nations’ guidance, General Comment No.21 on the rights of children in street situations, to show where laws and policies can be created or changed to improve the situation of street children.

The Atlas is aimed at individuals and organisations working directly with street children, as well as organisations advocating for change, law and policy makers, researchers, academics and journalists.

“We decided the best way to represent the data would be in the form of a map – this allows users to visually see what the data shows across all the countries,” said the Idea Burea in a statement on their website. “This makes it easier to identify regional patterns as well as individual country level data. We also created a more detailed overview of each of the measured countries, providing the ability for the team to upload addition research and data when it becomes available.”

Alongside the map, a comparison view allows people to get quick answers to general questions in a table, ensuring that the tool can be easily viewed both desktop and mobile.

The Idea Bureau builds digital apps and services for charities, social enterprises and public sector organisations, including an atlas of child marriage information for Girls Not Brides, and a platform which helps tackle homophobic bullying in schools for National Children’s Bureau.