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 envisions a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. To that end, Save the Children aims to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives and to keep the most vulnerable children safe from harm.
Around the world, we:
- provide lifesaving supplies and emotional support for children caught up in disasters like floods, famine and wars;
- campaign for long-term change to improve children’s lives;
- improve children’s access to the food and healthcare they need to thrive;
- secure a good quality education for the children who need it most;
- protect the world’s most vulnerable children, including those separated from their families because of war, natural disasters, extreme poverty and exploitation; and
- work in the poorest countries to help families out of the poverty cycle, so they can feed and support their children.
In addition, Save the Children advocates and campaigns for change to realise children's rights and to ensure that their voices are heard. Our advocacy and campaigns build on the insights generated by our programmes around the world. We know that we can only sustain the impact of our programmes, and take that impact to scale, by persuading and challenging governments and other institutions with power and resources to change their own policies and practice. Advocacy encompasses research and policy analysis, lobbying, communications and public campaigning. In different situations, our advocacy can be focused on securing formal policy changes; driving implementation; or creating an enabling environment for change.
We are promoting change from the ground up, by engaging children, families and civil society in strengthening child rights systems. And we ensure that governments and international bodies meet their commitments to children’s rights. At the international level, our ongoing advocacy contributed to the first ever UN resolution, guiding countries to invest in child rights.
We aim to raise the issue and status of children in all societies to ensure that they are treated as the citizens of today not just tomorrow and in doing so push children and their rights up the political agenda.