An-Najah University Journal for Research - B (Humanities)


The study aimed at understanding the phenomenon of children's being on the streets in the city of Amman; by listening to their voices and to understand their reality, the reasons for their presence in the street, the problems they face and their relationships with their families in addition to their vision for themselves and their aspirations for the future. The field study was conducted using the qualitative approach, purposive sampling was applied to select (24) participants through their presence in the streets and data was collected through in-depth open-ended interviews. The study found a number of results that showed that these children reject to be described as (street children or children in /on street), because they see themselves as "working children only" and that the reasons for their being on the street are economic reasons (need and poverty); to improve their conditions and the conditions of their families. The study also shows that the phenomenon of children on the streets is a complex phenomenon and overlapping dimensions. Based on the results of the study, the researcher submitted some recommendations to support the efforts of policy makers. Ministry of social Development must deal with those children as victims not as a guilty and more researches on the area of children on the street is needed, especially qualitative studies are recommended to cover all aspects of the phenomena with the participation of children themselves.