A Study of Street Children's Rights in São Paulo, Brazil

Oscar Sergio Franca Goncalves

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This master’s thesis attempts to answer the following question: What are the main barriers hindering children-of-the-street, in the social and economically disparate São Paulo city, from attaining the fundamental rights ensured them by the 1990 ECA, thereby inspired by the 1989 International Convention on the Rights of the Child? It examines, therefore, the discrepancy existing between the ideal of the law and the gloomy social reality experienced by street children in the city of São Paulo in Brazil. In order to answer the main question, the methodology of study is based mainly on interviews with street children and experts in the field. The study identifies unstable family ties, skin color, and the street children’s steady habit of street life as major barriers faced by street children. Furthermore, the study argues that the Brazilian law, greatly influenced by international law, is rather advanced compared to the slow and perplexing socio-economic development in the city of São Paulo, which further expands the divergence between the law as envisaged in the statute and the social reality experienced by street children.

UddannelserOffentlig Administration, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) KandidatInternationale Udviklingsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato1 jun. 2006
VejledereLisbet Christoffersen


  • street children
  • social exclusion
  • human rights
  • family