When it comes to children’s rights, we’ve been there from there start. The world’s first declaration on children’s rights was written by Save the Children’s founder, Eglantyne Jebb, in 1923.
Jebb's Declaration of the Rights of the Child formed the basis for the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The UNCRC is an international agreement that sets out every child’s fundamental rights to survival and development, including the rights to education, healthcare, protection, and participation.
Almost every country in the world has signed up to the UNCRC - and real progress has been made in many areas, such as under‐5 child mortality, access to education and absolute poverty.
But many countries still fail to prioritise and promote children’s rights - especially the rights of children living in the worst forms of poverty and deprivation or affected by conflict.
We’re fighting for children every day. We believe that every child should not just survive, but thrive, and grow up to make their mark on the world.