A young child refugee from Syria laughs and plays with Save the Children's Mariluz Garcia in Idomeni at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. More than 10,000 refugees are stranded in Idomeni waiting for the border to open. Save the Children works in Idomeni offering protection to children traveling alone and provides food and support to families. Photo credit: Pedro Armestre, September 2015.

One of Samir's* sons plays with Save the Children's Mariluz Garcia. Samir* and his sister, Iman* are living in Idomeni with their spouses and 12 children, including two babies. Photo by Pedro Armestre/Save the 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. 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 through 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 To Protect Children

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.

*Names have been changed for protection

Explore Our Child Protection Programs


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