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According to United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), street children are among the most physically visible of all children, living and working on the roads and public squares of cities all over the world. Yet paradoxically, they are also among the most ‘invisible’ and therefore hardest children to reach. Put simply, a child can be referred to as a ‘street child’ if he or she lives and works on the streets and does not consistently have a home to return to at night. Evidence from legal and aid agency reports suggests that the most universally understood definition adopted by many practitioners and policy makers is the United Nations one, which refers to any boy or girl aged 18 years or younger for whom the ...

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