Protecting Children

child protection

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. Learn about our response to the Sandy Hook Tragedy in Newtown, CT. 
Read Coming Together to Protect Children

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 2012, we helped 3.4 million children through our child protection programs.

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. 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

Protecting Children
in Emergencies

Protecting Children
from Exploitation

Ensuring Children
Have Quality Care


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 October 2013