We must keep children safe from harm so they can grow up to reach their full potential. Photo credit: Save the Children
Save the Children protects children from abuse, neglect, exploitation, and violence in all regions of the world. In the United States, we provide critical services in the aftermath of disasters and emergencies. Our programs focus on the most vulnerable children while aiming for the safety and well-being of all children. Working with governments, international organizations, and local community partners, we strive to create lasting change with improvements in policy and services that protect children whether in a natural disaster, conflict, or development setting. In 2013, we reached 21 million children trough our child protection programs, including children who were abused, exploited or neglected. Thanks to our work, Honduras became the 37th country to ban corporal punishments, including striking, strapping and caning children.
What We Do
Some examples of our child protection program activities include creating Child Friendly Spaces in emergencies, reunifying separated and unaccompanied children with their families in emergencies, developing public awareness campaigns against child trafficking, piloting training programs for social workers to provide supportive care to families and children and advocating for more effective national protection policies and child welfare reform. Following our response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., we worked with parents to help raise awareness about the importance to emergency preparedness and child protection. Watch the Video
An important part of all of Save the Children's child protection work, however, is the participation and leadership of the children themselves. To this end, we actively support child clubs and other child-led activities that educate children on how to protect themselves, and empower them to call for action in their communities. Find out what it's like in the field by reading Day in the Life of a Child Protection Advisor
How You Can Help
Charitable contributions from people like you make it possible for us to support child protection programs and so much more. Please support our mission and work around the world with a gift to our Global Action Fund. You can count on us to be good stewards of your generous donation, helping vulnerable children where the need is greatest with whatever they need the most.
Last Updated June 2014