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Save the Children was founded in London in 1919 by Eglantyne Jebb and her sister, Dorothy Buxton. In the century since then, Save the Children organisations have been established in 29 nations around the world. Each of these members is part of the Save the Children Association.

Members lead on activities within their home territory and work with donors to develop programmes abroad, which are coordinated and delivered by a central body - Save the Children International - via teams on the ground in each country. Save the Children International also oversees humanitarian responses.

This structure enables Save the Children to use its resources efficiently and have the greatest possible impact for children around the world.

Globally, Save the Children’s workforce is made up of around 24,000 staff working in more than 120 countries, of which just over 16,000 are employed by Save the Children International (SCI), with around 8,000 staff employed by the 29 members of Save the Children.


As of January 2021, Save the Children UK had 908 members of staff, with 96% working in the UK and 4% working internationally to support SCI with humanitarian surge capacity and technical expertise.

In addition to our 908 staff we have more than 4,500 volunteers giving their time across the UK in a variety of roles. As part of our accountability to our staff and volunteers we have developed a new People & Culture Strategy and our first Diversity & Inclusion Strategy “Free to be me”, so that we can better support and enable our people to achieve more impact for children.

Youth Advisory Board

Hadija in Tanzania

Made up of 10 incredible young people aged 12-17 from across the UK, the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) will work closely with our leadership team and with staff from across the organisation.

The Board's goal is to ensure we amplify young voices and stay true to holding children's rights at the heart of everything we do.

Click the link below to hear from our first-year YAB cohort and to find out how to get involved.

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