We work to protect children wherever they are vulnerable
Whether they're living on the streets, in refugee camps, or in institutions.
Every child should grow up in a safe, supportive family environment. Yet right now, millions across the globe are not so lucky.
Many survive on the streets, in institutions or on the move as refugees. Others live in homes that are unsafe, or are at risk of exploitation and abuse in their communities.
Our child protection teams are working hard to keep children safe around the world. We campaign against child labour and help working children get back to school. We tackle exploitation and trafficking, and we raise awareness of the risks.
In emergencies, we set up safe spaces to help children who have been traumatised by their experiences. We reunite families separated by war or disaster. And we help protect children who are at risk of recruitment into armed groups.
As well as supporting vulnerable children directly, we’re working with governments around the world to develop child protection systems and train social workers.
It is estimated that worldwide:
- 150 million children are engaged in child labour
- 1 in 4 women aged between 20 and 24 were child brides
- There are 250,000 child soldiers
- 13 million children are orphans, having lost both parents.