IJSRP, Volume 11, Issue 2, February 2021 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
This paper attempts to investigate the causes and effect of street children on Freetown. It is descriptive in nature as the paper discusses the causes and effects of street children on Freetown. The issue of street children is becoming alarming especially after the ten year rebel war, Ebola outbreak and now Corona. One hundred streets children and those living in rehabilitating centres were targeted. The questionnaire and interviews were the main data collection instruments. These questionnaires were administered through a research guide. It was found out that the major causes of street children are poverty, child abuse, family disintegration, truancy and orphans. The effects of these children in the streets of Freetown is an embarrassment to the government, parents, communities and the general public from whom these children beg from. It is recommended that severe penalties should be reconsidered for parents who expose their children to risk and vulnerability through full application of the provisions of the child law. Street children should be able to have access to governmental vocational training, without the pre-requisites of legal credentials. Such a project is strongly supported by all NGOs working with street children that believe in the efficacy of the training programmes provided at the governmental level which street children should benefits from.