Simple strategies

Many children continue to live and work on the streets.

Estimates, several years ago, were that more or less 250 000 children lived on the streets in South Africa.

Homeless children need to be protected as a priority in every nation.

Homeless children need to be supported from a systemic point of view.

How to eradicate poverty? How to end homelessness for children?

It is important to understand the ABC’s of outcomes or events or behaviour. What happened before the event or occurrence to predispose or precipitate the event, what happened during the event, who suffered, who gained, details are important, how were systems affected, what maintained the event or occurrence or behaviour, what happened after the event, the consequences, how was the system affected afterwards, who gained.

For example, most individuals understand that if you provide money to individuals or parties in debt, they are often in worse debt within a very short period of time. Systemic thinking, clinical thinking, based on bio-psycho-social risk and protective factors, are required when understanding behaviour, thoughts, emotions or events, and when making decisions.

Simple and systemic solutions are often the most effective.

Homeless children can have different lives if bio-psycho-social systemic thinking is applied, beyond housing or finance, to maintain the positive outcome.

Sustainability should be an important goal.

A safe and stimulating environment is key.

Education is key.

A place to ‘belong’ is key. This can be a team or a place of work, if need be.

Responsible carers are key.

Responsible peers and seniors are key.

Close, healthy, positive relationships with warmth and caring are key. Animals can be sufficient, if no other alternatives are available. Many adults report that their lives changed or were saved due to an animal.

Engagement in regular, positive, normative activities, where a child is interested and enthusiastic, such as playing a sport or musical instrument, is key.

Accessible, user-friendly, effective, evidence-based (good clinical evidence) healthcare services are key.

Simple strategies can precipitate and maintain positive outcomes.

Some organisations estimate 100-150 million homeless children living in the streets around the world with at least 250,000 children dying every week from diseases and malnutrition.

Please see UN comments relating to homeless children on relevant web pages.

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