We invest in research so that we can target our resources and work more effectively. Our research also provides an essential evidence base of the issues that affect children alone on the streets.

UK research

Current research: The Value of Return Home Interviews

Our latest research is an analysis of the value of Return Home Interviews and follow-up support for young people who have been missing, using Social Return on Investment (SROI) methods.

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Shaping Stronger Families in England and Kenya: Summary Shaping Stronger Families in England and Kenya: Summary

A summary of the report outlining our use of an international approach to deal with family trauma and conflict, enabling children to return home from the streets in Kenya and to stay out of the care system in England.

Shaping Stronger Families in England and Kenya: Full Report Shaping Stronger Families in England and Kenya: Full Report

A report outlining our use of an international approach to deal with family trauma and conflict, enabling children to return home from the streets in Kenya and to stay out of the care system in England.

The Value of Return Home Interviews: Summary The Value of Return Home Interviews: Summary

A summary of the key findings from our latest report, assessing the social value and impact of Return Home Interviews and follow-up support for young people who have been missing.

The Value of Return Home Interviews: Full Report The Value of Return Home Interviews: Full Report

A Social Return on Investment analysis of the value of Return Home Interviews and follow-up support, carried out with four project partners.

Be real with me:  using peer research to explore the journeys of young people who run away from home or care Be real with me: using peer research to explore the journeys of young people who run away from home or care

Our ‘Reaching Safe Places’ research was partly designed and delivered by Peer Researchers, who said their past experiences helped interviewees to ‘be real’ with them. This report draws together workers’ reflections on working alongside Peer Researchers and the learning that emerged.

Reaching Safe Places: Summary Report Reaching Safe Places: Summary Report

This summary explores the journeys of young people who run away from home or care and should be read alongside the circular and linear journey maps.

Reaching Safe Places: Full Report Reaching Safe Places: Full Report

The full report explores the journeys of young people who run away from home or care, and provides a comprehensive account of our methods, findings and recommendations.

Reaching Safe Places: Circular Map Reaching Safe Places: Circular Map

Peer researchers identified two kinds of journey that young people who run away experience. View an illustration of the circular journey.

Reaching Safe Places: Linear Map Reaching Safe Places: Linear Map

Peer researchers identified two kinds of journey that young people who run away experience. View an illustration of the linear journey.

Reach: A new model of intervention for children  before, during and after they run away Reach: A new model of intervention for children before, during and after they run away

An evaluation of the effectiveness of Railway Children's Reach model at SAFE@LAST.

Off the Radar: Full Report Off the Radar: Full Report

Offering an incredible insight into the hard-to-reach world of some of Britain's most excluded children and young people, 'Off the Radar' is a comprehensive qualitative research study that looks in detail at the lives, situations and experiences of more than one hundred of the most detached children and young people in the UK.

Off the Radar: Executive Summary Off the Radar: Executive Summary

The executive summary for 'Off the Radar', a comprehensive qualitative research study that looks in detail at the lives, situations and experiences of more than one hundred of the most detached children and young people in the UK.

Breaking the Cycle of Violence Breaking the Cycle of Violence

Safe Families Safe Children (SFSC) is an international coalition of children's charities that includes Railway Children. The coalition's report 'Breaking the Cycle of Violence' reveals that the UK government is failing in its legal requirements to intervene and prevent the continued abuse of children in their homes.

East Africa Research

Children on the Streets of Kitale: Headcount Report 2015 Children on the Streets of Kitale: Headcount Report 2015

This report contains findings of the first ‘headcount’ survey in Kitale, Kenya initiated and organised by Railway Children (RCA) in conjunction with Child Rescue Kenya (CRK), the local government and the police.

Stakeholder Analysis Summary: Mwanza 2015 Stakeholder Analysis Summary: Mwanza 2015

This stakeholder analysis survey was conducted in 2014/15 by Railway Children in Mwanza, Tanzania, with the aim of understanding the nature of the relationships that children in the streets forge with different people connected to the town/street environment.

Intensive family work to support street connected children in Nairobi, Kenya Intensive family work to support street connected children in Nairobi, Kenya

A social return on investment report to help us understand the impact and achievements of our intensive family work pilot project in Kenya. The aim of the project is to successfully and sustainably reconnect street connected children with their families.

Children on the Streets of Mwanza: Headcount Findings 2014 Children on the Streets of Mwanza: Headcount Findings 2014

Detailing numbers of children and young people observed on the streets of Mwanza in December 2014.

Street Children and Youth in Mwanza: Ghetto Count 2014 Street Children and Youth in Mwanza: Ghetto Count 2014

A survey of street involved children and youth in Mwanza who live in 'ghettos', camps and guest houses.

Children on the Streets of Mwanza: Headcount findings 2013 Children on the Streets of Mwanza: Headcount findings 2013

Detailing numbers of children and young people observed on the streets of Mwanza in December 2013, this report also includes night time data and builds on our findings of 2012.

Children and Young People Living on the Streets in Mwanza, Tanzania Children and Young People Living on the Streets in Mwanza, Tanzania

This report details the findings of a survey carried out in October 2012, using quantitative data of children and young people observed to be living and working on the streets of four zones of Mwanza City.

Struggling to Survive: Full Report Struggling to Survive: Full Report

Find out about the 'silent war' being waged against children in Tanzania and Kenya who are forced on to the streets. 'Struggling to Survive' details the harsh realities of life for children on the streets in East Africa, in their own words.

Struggling to Survive: Executive Summary Struggling to Survive: Executive Summary

Find out about the 'silent war' being waged against children in Tanzania and Kenya who are forced on to the streets. 'Struggling to Survive' details the harsh realities of life for children on the streets in East Africa, in their own words.

Struggling to Survive: Executive Summary (Swahili) Struggling to Survive: Executive Summary (Swahili)

Find out about the 'silent war' being waged against children in Tanzania and Kenya who are forced on to the streets. 'Struggling to Survive' details the harsh realities of life for children on the streets in East Africa, in their own words.

Struggling to Survive: Our Response Struggling to Survive: Our Response

Find out about the 'silent war' being waged against children in Tanzania and Kenya who are forced on to the streets. 'Struggling to Survive' details the harsh realities of life for children on the streets in East Africa, in their own words.

India research

Process documentation of Lucknow - India's first 'Child Friendly Station' Process documentation of Lucknow - India's first 'Child Friendly Station'

An executive summary of the processes and initiatives that have led to India's first 'child friendly' station.

Beyond Survival Beyond Survival

A study by Railway Children on the status of livelihood programmes for children and young people alone and at risk on the streets in India.

Executive Summary of Multi-Stakeholder Cooperation at Railway Stations in India Executive Summary of Multi-Stakeholder Cooperation at Railway Stations in India

Railway Children works with partners and other agencies to reach out to vulnerable children who live on and around railway stations in India and to raise awareness of the dangers they face.

Collective Action for Children Collective Action for Children

A report by Railway Children India examining how the Railway Protection Force is collaborating with Railway Children partners to provide assistance to vulnerable children living on India's railway platforms.

Executive Summary: Special Juvenile Police Unit (SJPU) Intervention Executive Summary: Special Juvenile Police Unit (SJPU) Intervention

A recent evaluation of the intervention with Delhi Special Juvenile Police Unit, where social workers are employed as part of the team to ensure the care and protection of children.