Child Protection

Sexually exploited. Recruited into armies. Shut away in institutions. Millions of children around the world are in danger of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence – at home, in school, in the community or during humanitarian emergencies. Save the Children keeps the most vulnerable children safe from harm.

We bring about lasting changes to ensure children are safe and protected. We influence national and international policy and practices by listening to children, educating parents and mobilising communities. And we work with partners to strengthen child protection systems.

Child protection worker Yvonne plays with 3-year-old Ulu, who was separated from his family during fighting in South Sudan. We trace and reunite separated families. Jenn Warren/Save the Children

Our ongoing lobbying helped to secure a European Union Directive on combating child sexual abuse, exploitation and child pornography, to protect millions of children.

In Cambodia we have worked with local authorities and civil society partners for 10 years to strengthen child protection systems.

Following our TV and radio campaign, 5 million people in Romania now understand that physical and humiliating punishment harms children. Our campaign also influenced the government to review its strategy on child mental health.

For more information on our child protection expertise, please download Too Little, Too Late. Child Protection Funding in Emergencies or visit our Resources page.

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