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Chinese policy reaction to the problem of street children: An analysis from the perspective of street children


  • Lam, Debbie
  • Cheng, Fucai


The effectiveness of the government-managed Protection and Education Centre for Street Children program in China was examined based on a 7-month ethnographic study of street children in public streets and at the centre in Shanghai. The program's intermediate goals are to provide education and protection for street children, and its ultimate goal is to restore them back to their own families. However, this study shows that most of the street children disliked the high security of the centre and many had rejected going home. So they tended to keep away from the centre even though it could provide them with lodging and food. It is suggested that the policy for street children should be reviewed with consideration given to street children's family situations and the children's own thoughts and preferences. The programs at the Centre should be enriched and training of staff should be provided.

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  • Lam, Debbie & Cheng, Fucai, 2008. "Chinese policy reaction to the problem of street children: An analysis from the perspective of street children," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 30(5), pages 575-584, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:30:y:2008:i:5:p:575-584

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    1. Kombarakaran, Francis A., 2004. "Street children of Bombay: their stresses and strategies of coping," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 26(9), pages 853-871, September.
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    1. Berckmans, Isabel & Velasco, Marcela Losantos & Tapia, Bismarck Pinto & Loots, Gerrit, 2012. "A systematic review: A quest for effective interventions for children and adolescents in street situation," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 34(7), pages 1259-1272.
    2. Slesnick, Natasha & Dashora, Pushpanjali & Letcher, Amber & Erdem, Gizem & Serovich, Julianne, 2009. "A review of services and interventions for runaway and homeless youth: Moving forward," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 31(7), pages 732-742, July.
    3. Harris, Melissa S. & Johnson, Knowlton & Young, Linda & Edwards, Jessica, 2011. "Community reinsertion success of street children programs in Brazil and Peru," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 33(5), pages 723-731, May.

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