The Belgian IBIS maritime institute has been a haven for children from problem families for many years.

The kids – between six and 16-  are offered a home and training there, and, hopefully, a chance at a better future than they might otherwise have had.

Photographer Stephan Vanfleteren portrayed them in their traditional sailor suits and the result is heart breaking and joyful at the same time.

‘Angels of the Sea’ is on at the Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. Until April 5.