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National Centenary Event
Save the Children undeterred in fight to protect children from war.
Australia’s leading aid agencies call for urgent action to support the charities amid COVID-19 crisis
International aid agencies vital during pandemic
Australia’s support for Pacific more critical than ever.
More than 15 million children and their families in Yemen, Syria and Gaza set to face COVID-19 with fewer than 1,700 ventilators and beds
Save the Children calls for an easing of restrictions on aid for hard to reach areas.
Slow COVID-19 response to cost millions of lives in poorest countries
New modelling compares different scenarios for global response.
Save the Children condemns deadly attack on Sikh temple in Kabul
Aid agency renews calls for a global ceasefire as COVID-19 spread.
Five years of war in Yemen: Conflict takes heavy toll on children’s mental health
Amidst COVID-19 fears, new Save the Children survey shows children’s mental struggle as the conflict drags on.
Global ceasefire could help protect the lives of 415 million children
As Syria reports first case of COVID-19 and Yemen marks five years of war.
Save the Children Covid-19 Response: Putting children first
Safety and wellbeing of children must be prioritised.
Syria war nine years on: Almost 3 million people in Idlib in urgent need of help
Save the Children urges world not to forget about Syrian crisis.
Cyclone Idai one year on
Southern Africa still devastated and vulnerable to climate shocks.
New analysis reveals scale of destruction and displacement in Idlib
Civilians forced into shrinking space as conflict intensifies.
Prime Minister’s deafening silence unacceptable on anniversary of Landmine Treaty
Statement by the Australian Arms Control Coalition on United States' decision to lift restrictions on the use of landmines.
Save the Children renews call to raise the age of criminal responsibility as inquiry submissions close
Early intervention more effective at preventing anti-social behaviour than criminalising children.
Children on the frontline as climate and economic crises collide.
Casualties as ten schools hit in one day during intense shelling in Idlib, Syria
Schools must be safe havens for children, even in a conflict zone, says Save the Children.
Climate change and disaster risks
Young people have say on climate change and disaster risks.
Al Hol camp in Syria
Statement on australian children and their mothers trapped in Al Hol camp in Syria.
Syria: Children dying in freezing conditions in camps as more than a quarter of Idlib displaced
As many as seven children including a baby have died from freezing temperatures and horrific living conditions in Syrian camps.
Coalition urges Australia to condemn landmine decision by US
The Australian Arms Control Coalition (AACC) has written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison urging him to publicly condemn the decision of the United States to lift restrictions on its use of landmines.
Afghanistan: An additional 1.5 million children need help to survive in 2020, warns Save the Children
The number of children in Afghanistan who will need humanitarian assistance in 2020 has jumped by 40 percent compared to last year.
Syria: Humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib as thousands of children displaced in sub-zero temperatures
The conditions for children and families forced to flee their homes in Idlib, Syria are deteriorating at an alarming speed in severe winter weather, Save the Children is warning.
Statement on children injured when school hit by shelling in Myanmar
Following reports of children injured when their school was hit by mortar fire in northern Rakhine state, Myanmar, on Thursday, Save the Children has issued the following statement.
Closing the gap: far better progress needed on missed targets
Save the Children stresses importance of greater Indigenous voice on matters affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
A school or hospital attacked every 5 hours
A new report by Save the Children reveals the shocking and deadly impact war has on children around the world.
Coronavirus Face Masks
Save the Children delivers 36,000 face masks to Wuhan.
Hundreds of thousands in northwest Syria caught in humanitarian catastrophe.
Reopening of Sanaa airport for medical flights 'a lifeline' for thousands of children.
Children at risk in countries where healthcare systems will struggle to cope with an outbreak.
Journey of Hope
Lego to fund long term recovery program for children affected by bushfires.
Save the Children launches ground-breaking impact investment fund
A changing operating environment means the charity sector must adapt its business model
Save the Children supports changing the date.
Australia’s leading aid agencies issue plea for urgent action to address rapidly escalating global climate crisis
The time for debate about climate change is over, it is now time for action.
Australian Regional Leadership Initiative
Australian politicians to visit Rohingya camps as part of learning tour in Bangladesh.
More than 20,000 children evacuated from ‘danger zone’ around erupting volcano in Philippines
Thousands of children in evacuation centres are scared and confused and need urgent support, warns Save the Children.
One child dies each day during conflict escalations in Idlib, Syria
Nine children killed in the first week of 2020 as violence.
Australian bushfires: Children’s mental health needs a key part of response and recovery
Save the Children warns of importance of addressing the long-term mental health needs of children impacted by the devastating Australian bushfires.
Save the Children partners with QBE to support bushfire relief and recovery effort.
Australian children plea directly to PM: bring us home from Syria.
Aung San Suu Kyi's address to the Hague.
Needs of children must be prioritised in Family Law Inquiry
Save the Children says family law system does not adequately protect children’s best interests.
Aung San Suu Kyi's address to the Hague.
Statement following birth of Australian baby boy born in Syrian camp.
Today marks a crucial step towards justice for all alleged crimes against Rohingya children.
33 children killed or injured every month in deadliest Yemeni towns
One year after the Stockholm agreement, which should have brought stability to Hodeidah and Taiz in Yemen, children there are still victims of conflict.
Save the Children deploys health workers to support Samoa measles response
Team of clinical staff to work in main hospital in Samoa to support healthcare of women and small children.
Failure to resettle remaining offshore detainees to cost Australia $1.2 billion
New figures have revealed that the Australian Government’s failure to finalise resettlement for 535 offshore detainees currently in PNG and Nauru could cost taxpayers $1.2 billion over the next 3 years.
Save the Children calls on Australian Government to act on climate change
As world leaders meet this week at the 25th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 25), Save the Children is urging the Australian Government to step up its action on climate change.
Natural disasters claim more than 1200 lives across East and Southern Africa.
Papua New Guinea National Elementary Education Forum
National Education Forum showcases RISE program.
Dr Susan Neuhaus CSC addresses Save the Children National Centenary Event in Canberra.
Save the Children Australia CEO Paul Ronalds addresses National Centenary Event in Canberra.
Funding to support anti-child exploitation initiative in Philippines an important step in the right direction
Save the Children has welcomed an announcement by the Westpac Bank today of funding for a program aimed at preventing online exploitation and sexual abuse of children in the Philippines.
Eight children killed in attack on Idlib camp.
Save the Children supports call to raise the age of criminal responsibility
Child Rights Scorecard finds no good rationale for detaining children under the age of 14.
Universal Children's Day celebrated in PNG
Save the Children urges government to listen to the voices of children.
Many Afghan children are afraid to go outside, new survey by Save the Children finds.
New partnership with QBE points the way forward for disaster mitigation and recovery
Insurance company partners with leading aid agencies faced with threat of climate change.
Australia should accept US offer to extract Australian women and children from Syrian camp
US made offer to all coalition partners, including Australia, urging governments to take responsibility for their citizens.
Thousands of children and families flee flooding
Save the Children supporting displaced families with clean water, hygiene kits and emergency latrines.
Syrian homes in Lebanon set to be demolished in coming days
Two new international court cases offer a “glimmer of hope” for Rohingya children
Legal proceedings in Argentina and the Gambia this week bring new life to efforts to obtain justice for Rohingya.
Save the Children Australia accredited in world-first for Green Climate Fund
Accreditation allows Save the Children Australia to partner with countries hardest hit by climate change and apply for funding from the USD$10 billion fund.
Save the Children to provide supported playgroup for bushfire affected children in NSW
Save the Children will set up a ‘child friendly space’ to help dozens of children affected by the devastating bushfires in New South Wales.
PNG delegation attends Nutrition Global Gathering in Nepal
PNG government departments and charities including Save the Children take part.
Greater support needed to address mental health issues facing young people: National Children’s Week
As National Children’s Week activities take place across the country, Save the Children is raising awareness of the mental health and wellbeing challenges facing thousands of young people who are at risk of falling out of the school system in Australia.
Save the Children getting Fijian communities DisasterREADY
Leading aid agency Save the Children is running emergency simulations in the Western District communities of Narewa, Vio Island and Votua this week to test the effectiveness of Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) in emergency responses.
Civil society resolution outlines 10 steps to tackle PNG’s malnutrition crisis
The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) civil society group is calling on leaders in the Asia Pacific region, including Papua New Guinea, to implement a raft of measures to tackle malnutrition.
Pause in hostilities extends window of opportunity in Syria.
20 children injured after explosion near school.
Children at risk of deadly floods as families flee Typhoon Hagabis
The most powerful typhoon to hit Japan in 60 years caused millions of families to evacuate their homes due to extreme flooding.
African hunger crisis
Hunger levels soar in Horn of Africa as region faces driest summer in over 35 years.
Save the Children is Preparing for Cyclone Season in the Pacific
On International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, Save the Children is warning that climate change must be addressed to reduce the threat to lives and livelihoods in the Pacific.
Save the Children preparing to scale up operations, warns of mass displacement of children
Fuel shortages deepen humanitarian crisis.
New nutrition policy
Save the Children welcomes the launch of Papua New Guinea’s first National Nutrition Policy.
18 years of conflict: Every single Afghan child affected by war
As of today, every single child born and raised in Afghanistan has experienced war and conflict in their country, Save the Children said in statement today.
Save the Children supported health compound hit in Syria, seven people injured
A Save the Children supported health compound in Syria was hit by artillery shells on Thursday, injuring seven adults including a doctor at the site, and leaving one in critical condition.
Save the Children joins new child protection campaign.
Serious concerns for ethnic minorities, including Rohingya in Myanmar as internet blackout reaches 100 days
Save the Children has expressed grave concerns about the ongoing internet blackout being enforced in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, which is preventing those affected from communicating with the outside world.
One year on from devastating earthquake and tsunami two thirds of schools in Central Sulawesi remain damaged.
New energy venture
A ground-breaking partnership between aid organisation Save the Children and Australian energy advisory firm, Energy Estate, aims to revolutionise the way energy is delivered in Pacific island nations.
Defence industry awards
Australia must lift shield of secrecy over military exports as defence industry celebrates night of nights.
Children of foreign fighters
Civil society groups call for the urgent repatriation of Australian children of foreign fighters.
Australia's condemnation of Saudi Arabia human rights abuses makes weapons exports strategy untenable
Australia’s strong statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, which criticised Saudi Arabia’s systematic violence and human rights abuses, makes its strategy to export Australian made arms and other military supplies to Saudi Arabia completely untenable, warns Save the Children.
Children in crisis want education more than money, food or water
Surveys from toughest places on earth reveal top priorities for children in crisis.
School strike 4 climate
Save the Children supports children’s Climate Strike.
Road to Recovery report
More than 24 million children affected by conflict need mental health support.
'Unacceptable': Former Defence Secretary on Australian arms sales.
Myanmar youth especially vulnerable to online abuse, hate speech and fake news on social media
New report by Save the Children and the University of Sydney.
Top 10 tips for keeping children safe during bushfires
Atrocities in Yemen
UN report on atrocities in Yemen should act as wake-up call for Australia, says Save the Children.
More than half of children in Idlib, Syria could miss out on school this year
Half of all schools in NW Syria are damaged, abandoned, unsafe or used as shelters.
Hundreds of thousands of children in path of treacherous Hurricane Dorian.
Another grim milestone: Ebola claims some 2,000 lives in DRC outbreak
The international community must release new funds to help prevent virus speading further
One child killed every day in past 17 days.
Rohingya crisis two years on: internet blackout in Myanmar shows repression continues
Save the Children Australia stages its own blackout to highlight continuing human rights violations
Rohingya crisis: 61 NGOs warn of worsening crisis in Myanmar
Aid agencies call for refugees’ engagement on safe, voluntary returns
Climate change commitment to the Pacific welcome, but funding shouldn’t come from shrinking aid budget.
One year anniversary of deadly Yemen bus attack
Child survivors describe gruelling battle to recover: “At night I have ugly dreams. I see the carnage, I see everything”.
Huge cost of detaining young people in WA reinforces need to invest more diverting from justice system
Following new reports detailing the exorbitant cost of detaining young people in WA, Save the Children has renewed its call for greater funding to divert young people out of the justice system.
Children and armed conflict
Children in Somalia face highest rates of abduction, recruitment, and conflict-related sexual violence in the world.
Save the Children lauds Colombian citizenship for thousands of Venezuelan children
Save the Children welcomes the decision by the Colombian government to end the statelessness of some 24,000 children of Venezuelan parents, by granting them citizenship. The measure is an important step towards ensuring children who were born in Colombia after August 18th 2015 will have the same rights as Colombian children.
Afghanistan roadside explosion
Save the Children appalled by roadside explosion which killed dozens of women and children.
Unseen and Unsafe: Underinvestment in ending violence against children in the Pacific and Timor Leste
New report reveals harrowing scale of child protection crisis in the Pacific.
Temporary Exclusion Order Bill fails to take into account best interests of children: Save the Children
Aid agency renews calls for Australian children in camps in North East Syria to be urgently moved to safety.
Australia needs to be transparent about its military exports: Australian Arms Control Coalition
Civil society organisations call on Australian Government to immediately halt the export of arms to countries involved in the war in Yemen following ABC report.
More children killed in Idlib in last four weeks than all of 2018
Deadliest week since violence escalated in North West Syria in April.
Temporary Exclusion Order Bill must not punish children for the actions of parents
Save the Children is urging all sides to ensure the best interests of children are upheld.
Syrian children living as refugees in Lebanon are at risk of illnesses and heat stroke as their families continue to demolish their homes.
More than three million children affected by severe flooding across India, Bangladesh and Nepal
More than a week of heavy monsoon rains in South Asia has led to major flooding in three countries affecting 3.2 million children.
“They sent us a notice that we had to demolish our houses. We started demolishing and the ceiling fell off…I have small children – where are they going to sleep?”
First child dies of ebola in new outbreak in Uganda.
UN ‘name and shame’ list must explicitly include Saudi Arabia and the UAE
21 charities have written to the UN Secretary General urging him to include those found to have committed violations against children in conflict in report.
Charred bodies of children are found after horrific attack on village
Investigate senseless killings in Mali, hold attackers to account.
Demolition of Syrian homes in Lebanon will leave at least 15,000 children homeless
Three international organisations urge the government of Lebanon to halt planned move.
3 in 4 Rohingya refugee babies are born in unsanitary bamboo shelters.
Mozambique cyclone appeal
Mozambique cyclone appeal allots less than 1% to needs of women and girls.
More than a quarter of a billion children better off today than 20 years ago
Despite the widespread gains, war and conflict threaten progress.
At least 38 children killed in shelling in Idilb and Hama, Northern Syria
At least 38 children have been killed and 46 were injured in shelling on North West Syria since the 1st of April, Save the Children said today.
Save the Children calls for perpetrators of violations against children in conflict zones to be held to account
Charter to protect children in conflict launched today at The Hague.
Three in four child casualties in world’s deadliest conflicts caused by explosive weapons
Save the Children renews call for future Prime Minister to stop the export of Australian weapons to Saudi Arabia.
Four Corners story highlights urgent need to raise age of criminal responsibility
Save the Children expresses outrage at conditions faced by children in Queensland Watch Houses.
Save the Children welcomes Labor commitment to strengthen Australian charities and not-for-profit sector
Save the Children welcomes Australian Labor’s announcement that they will significantly invest in Australia’s charity and not-for-profit sector, and create a dedicated Charities Minister, if elected.
Letter to election campaigns demands commitment to protect children in conflict
Save the Children has written to political parties seeking a promise to take three clear actions to Stop the War on Children.
Inner-city basketball court transformed into bombed-out classroom to highlight war on children
Every three minutes a child is killed by conflict, finds Save the Children as it launches chilling new campaign to mark Centenary year.
Mozambique: Matemo island completely destroyed
Save the Children assessment team report on widespread need in area devastated by Cyclone Kenneth.
Cash transfer programming improves dignity of beneficiaries in Fiji and Vanuatu: new report
Capacity building identified as key to effective cash programming in emergencies
Cyclone Kenneth: Money running dry as death toll rises to 38
Save the Children is calling on the international community to commit additional resources to the emergency relief efforts in the wake of Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth, which have battered parts of Mozambique, Tanzania and Malawi and left hundreds of thousands homeless.
Save the Children welcomes Labor funding commitment to address indigenous overrepresenation in justice system
Save the Children has welcomed today’s announcement by the Australian Labor Party of a $107 million package to address the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the justice system.
Number of malnourished children set to double in cyclone Idai-hit parts of Mozambique
As cyclone Kenneth hits the north of Mozambique, the number of acutely malnourished children under five in cyclone Idai-hit parts of the country is expected to jump from nearly 60,000 to 115,000, after crops and livelihoods were swept away by the storm, Save the Children warned today.
Yemen cholera outbreak: 100,000 children infected since start of 2019
More than 100,000 suspected cases of cholera have been reported among children under the age of 15 in Yemen since the start of the year – more than twice the number during the same period in 2018.
Three children killed in Idlib shelling
New wave of shelling in north west Syria hits schools, displaces thousands.
Children from around the world share testimonies from Al Hol camp in Syria
Save the Children has spoken to dozens of foreign children it supports in Al Hol camp in north east Syria, where conditions are overcrowded and humanitarian aid is insufficient to meet all needs.
Australia must urgently repatriate children of Australian foreign fighters as Save the Children seeks clarity on government action
With dozens of Australian children of foreign fighters continuing to languish in dangerous camps in North East Syria, Save the Children has written to the Prime Minister seeking greater transparency around Australia’s repatriation efforts.
New Launceston Office
Save the Children expands its services in northern Tasmania with new Launceston office.
Australian Children of foreign fighters languish in camps in north east Syria without commitment from leaders
Ahead of a Four Corners interview with the children of Australian Khaled Sharrouf tonight, Save the Children has reiterated its call for the leaders of both major political parties to commit to a policy of repatriation.
Children talk of death and destruction while world looks away.
Open letter: Save the Children demands public commitment from future prime minister
Children of Australian foreign fighters must be brought home immediately to ease their suffering in war ravaged Syria.
The perfect time to commit to national roll out of acclaimed program helping young people stay in school.
Save the Children staff describes scenes of devastation at school in Sanaa: “Children were bleeding on the floor, calling for their parents"
A Save the Children child protection worker who rushed to the scene of the school where several pupils were killed yesterday described scenes of devastation, and children bleeding heavily while aid workers tried to reach them.
Record number of new cases reported in DRC Ebola outbreak
Record numbers of new cases reported two weeks running – 57 followed by 72.
Government must act now to bring back all Australian children stranded in north east Syria
Save the Children Australia has renewed its call for the immediate repatriation of all Australian children stranded in north east Syria.
Committee support for major increase in foreign aid reinforces budget folly
Just a day after the Federal budget revealed a sixth straight year of brutal cuts to aid, Save the Children today welcomed a report from the Joint Standing Committee which has unanimously recommended the Government dramatically increase Australia’s aid funding.
Cyclone Idai: Almost 200 babies expected to be born daily amidst cholera, malaria outbreak
An estimated 6,013 babies are due to be born this month, or 194 a day, in areas ravaged by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique and are at increased risk of being affected by cholera and malaria, Save the Children warned today.
Australian aid continues to decline as defence budget skyrockets
While the Australian Defence budget continues to grow, the aid budget suffers sixth consecutive cut.
Aid cuts in surplus budget are a cruel blow for children in our region
Budget confirms Pacific infrastructure funding will come from Australian aid.
Australia must help Australian children stranded in North East Syria.
Calls for Federal Budget funding for acclaimed school engagement program
A program praised by parents for keeping their children in school should be fully funded in Tuesday’s Budget and rolled out nationally, Save the Children has said.
Federal Budget should prioritise aid, not weapons
Save the Children is urging the Australian Government to use the 2019-20 Budget to revitalise the significantly weakened foreign aid budget, not increase investment in weapons manufacturing.
Infrastructure investment in the pacific is welcome, but it can't come at the expense of the world's poor
Save the Children is urging the federal government to avoid slashing $500m from the foreign aid budget to finance a new infrastructure facility in the Pacific, which now looks set to go ahead.
At least 6,000 children still in temporary shelters, six months on from Sulawesi disaster
Thousands of children are still in need of permanent housing six months on from the devastating earthquake and tsunami which hit Central Sulawesi in Indonesia in September 2018.
1,000 children infected every day as Yemen cholera outbreak spikes
An alarming spike in suspected cholera cases in Yemen is infecting 1,000 children every day, Save the Children is warning.
Seven killed in bombing of Save the Children-supported hospital in Yemen
Four children were among seven people killed yesterday when a hospital supported by Save the Children in Yemen was hit by an airstrike. Two other adults are unaccounted for.
Australia must stop arms sales to Saudi and Emirati-led coalition
On the 4th anniversary of the war in Yemen, Save the Children is demanding a change of policy on defence exports.
Every month 37 Yemeni children are killed or injured by foreign bombs
Save the Children calls on Australian Government to end defence exports to Saudi Arabia and UAE.
Save the Children scales up operations in wake of Cyclone Trevor
Save the Children is scaling up operations, including increased staffing and a third child friendly space in the wake of Cyclone Trevor.
Save the Children calls for national roll-out of successful school engagement program
Nine out of 10 parents say Hands on Learning improves their children’s sense of belonging at school.
Save the Children to open child friendly spaces as Northern Territory declares state of emergency.
Save the Children scales up aid for Mozambique
Save the Children has delivered 51 metric tons of vital aid to Mozambique at the start of an operation to help hundreds of thousands of children and families in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai.
Hear our voices, we are sick of war
Yemeni children call out for peace.
Save the children supports students taking stand on climate
Save the Children has thrown its support behind the thousands of young Australians attending today’s Climate Strike.
Children paying the price for eight years of war
The war in Syria has now lasted longer than WWII, and children are suffering the consequences
Number of foreign children in north-east Syria camps up almost 45% in less than a month
There are now estimated to be at least 3,580 children of foreign nationalities living in three camps for displaced people in North-East Syria, Save the Children revealed today.
Coalition must match Labor’s commitment on aid
Save the Children Australia welcomes Labor’s commitment to increase foreign aid and calls on the Coalition to at least match the promise ahead of the Federal election.
New report reveals eight years of war has left third of Syrian children always feeling unsafe
Children surveyed for Save the Children report often feel scared and sad. They demand peace and a return to education.
Australia must boost humanitarian aid to help children trapped in Syrian conflict nightmare
The upcoming Brussels pledging conference is an opportunity for Australia to step up as an already dire humanitarian crisis worsens.
Children leaving last ISIS areas show signs of severe psychological distress
Thousands of Syrian and foreign children who have recently moved from ISIS-held areas into displacement camps show signs of psychological distress, and many will likely need long term mental health and psychosocial support to recover from their experiences.
Australian Government must pledge more aid to Yemen, not weapons
Australia will attend a high-level pledging conference on Tuesday in Geneva where it must commit more funding to the humanitarian response in Yemen.
Save the Children and Child Wise welcome national child protection principles
Save the Children and Child Wise welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement of a uniform national approach to child protection and safety, agreed by Commonwealth, state and territory governments.
More than 2,500 foreign children are living in camps in North-East Syria, says Save the Children
More than 2,500 children from more than 30 countries, including Australia, are living in three camps for people displaced in North-East Syria, Save the Children has revealed.
New petition launched
Stop Australian defence exports to war-crime accused Saudi Arabia.
Save the Children demands immediate ban of weapons exports to war crime-accused Saudi Arabia
Report reveals $36m taxpayer funded weapons system deal destined for Saudi Arabia.
Education, income-generation for Rohingya refugees must be top priorities
In a statement issued today, Oxfam, Save the Children and World Vision called on international governments to generously fund the 2019 Joint Response Plan (JRP) for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis.
More than 170,000 children under 5 killed by war each year: new report
Save the Children calls on Australia to halt the export of military assets to countries involved in Yemen war, where up to 85,000 children have died from extreme hunger
Close the Gap commitment on education welcome but out-of-home care crisis must not be ignored
Save the Children calls for unacceptable overrepresentation of Indigenous children in out of home care to be acknowledged as a crucial gap to be closed.
Save the Children ready to respond if needed as tropical cyclone threatens Vanuatu
Communities in Vanuatu are bracing for destructive winds nearing 100kmh and heavy rainfall as slow-moving Tropical Cyclone Oma approaches the Pacific nation, warns Save the Children.
As vote nears, Parliament urged to seize the day on medical transfer
Save the Children is urging members of the Australian Parliament to work together to deliver an outcome for sick refugees and asylum seekers today.
97 child deaths as Ebola cases spike in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Almost one hundred children in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have lost their lives to the Ebola virus since the outbreak started in August last year.
Save the Children sets up child friendly spaces to help children affected by Queensland floods
Save the Children has set up three ‘child friendly spaces’ in Far North Queensland to help children and families impacted by floods in and around Townsville.
Save the Children appoints Meshel Laurie to new community building role
Save the Children is excited to announce the appointment of Meshel Laurie as the organisation’s new Head of Community Building.
Urgent action needed to address Aboriginal youth suicides, warns Save the Children
Following an alarming spike in Aboriginal youth suicides in recent weeks, Save the Children is calling for greater coordination and funding for programs that address underlying issues.
Save the Children expresses concern over government's proposed medical panel, urges bill to be passed
Save the Children is calling on federal politicians to pass the Urgent Medical Treatment Bill which is scheduled to go before Parliament on February 12.
Yemen: One in 10 children forced from their homes because of conflict and violence
Half a million children displaced by fighting in Hodeidah in just six months.
Save the Children sets up ‘child friendly space’ to help children affected by Tasmanian bushfires
Aid agency Save the Children has established a child friendly space in the bushfire-affected Huon Valley in Tasmania to support children and families impacted by the disaster.
Save the Children welcomes new Head of the Office of the Pacific
Save the Children welcomes the establishment of the Office of the Pacific and the announcement of its Head, Ewen McDonald, as a positive step forward in improving Australia’s engagement with the Pacific
PM’s Vanuatu trip welcome, but funds urgently needed to protect Pacific nations from climate change
Save the Children welcomes Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s upcoming visit to Vanuatu but says it should coincide with a plan to deliver much needed climate change funding.
New tool to help hold Australian Government to higher standard in protecting children in conflict.
Fears for more than 11,000 children in Idlib as flooding hits camps
Syrian refugees in camps in neighbouring Lebanon also struggling to keep warm amid snowstorms.
Save the Children welcomes Labor commitment on Australian aid
Save the Children Australia has today warmly welcomed a commitment from Federal Labor to rebuild and grow Australia’s aid budget, if elected.
Save the Children welcomes Australia’s adoption of historic global pact for refugees
Save the Children welcomes Australia’s adoption of the Global Compact on Refugees at the United Nations Global Assembly overnight.
Return to surplus means Australia has no excuse but to increase foreign aid.
Labor commitment to 5000 community sponsorship places welcome
The Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (CRSI) today celebrates the announcement of 5000 community sponsored refugee places by Federal Labor Leader, Bill Shorten, in Adelaide.
Yemen ceasefire statement
Warring parties in Yemen agree to a ceasefire in Hodeidah.
Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration World adopts historic pact on global migration without Australia
Save the Children Australia welcomes the adoption overnight in Marrakech of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration by the overwhelming majority of UN member states.
Save the Children: Historic global pact on migration must be adopted to protect vulnerable children
More than 1,200 child migrant deaths have been recorded between 2014 and 2018, but the real figure is likely to be much higher.
Yemen hunger crisis statement
Famine or not 120,000 children in Yemen are in a catastrophic condition.
Save the Children supports Urgent Medical Treatment Bill.
$20 million welcomed to build peaceful futures in Iraq
Australian Government funds largest ever NGO grant under the Australian Humanitarian Partnership to support recovery and stabilisation in Iraq.
Modern Slavery Bill passed
Orphanage trafficking recognised as modern slavery in world first.
Out Teach Mobile Education wins gold
Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards.
Joint statement of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack
Increasing insecurity and a significant rise in school attacks puts almost two decades of progress at risk for Afghan children.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Save the Children joins global 16 Days of Activism to end violence against women and children.
Save the Children Youth Ambassadors raise their voices in Canberra
Future leaders demand young Australians be heard.
Yemen: 85,000 children may have died from starvation since the start of the war
An estimated 85,000 children under five may have died from extreme hunger or disease since the war in Yemen escalated, according to new analysis by Save the Children.
Independent Review into the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct
Save the Children Australia welcomes the release of the Independent Review into the Practice and Response of Australian Council of International Development (ACFID) Members in the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct conducted by the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM).
Pneumonia to kill nearly 11 million children by 2030
New analysis conducted by Johns Hopkins University and Save the Children reveals predicted pneumonia toll.
On anniversary of deadliest cyclone on record, thousands of lives at risk during Bangladesh storm season.
Yemen: Australia must end defence sales to Saudi Arabia to help stop Yemen war
Save the Children is calling on the Australian Government to join international efforts seeking to bring an end to the brutal conflict in Yemen.
Futures of nearly 1,000 children shot by live ammunition hang in the balance amid strained health system.
ReThink Orphanages wins award for work in responsible tourism.
Yemen: Intense fighting reported near Save the Children health facility in Hodeidah
Aid agency calls for an immediate end to fighting to avoid any further civilian casualties.
Save the Children welcomes the Prime Minister’s commitment to the Pacific, but more aid is needed.
Australia must follow the UK and US lead and call for an urgent ceasefire.
One month on: Indonesia earthquake and tsunami
Disaster ravaged Sulawesi drenched by heavy rains, more than 220,000 still homeless.
Yemen: Cost of food nearly doubles putting thousands of lives at risk
Failing economy is as big a threat to children as bombs and bullets, warns Save the Children.
Time to listen to children and get kids off Nauru.
Save the Children Australia welcomes Australian Government sanctions on Myanmar military officers.
Child Wise expands services to Tasmania
Child Wise, one of Australia's leading not-for-profit child protection and safeguarding agencies, is proud to announce its services will now be available in Tasmania.
Save the Children calls on the Australian Government to come to the table and negotiate to get kids off Nauru as soon as possible.
Save the Children hosts 'Bread for Success' fundraiser.
National apology to victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse
Save the Children recognises today's national apology to the victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse as an important step in acknowledging past crimes and ensuring a safe future for all children.
Save the Children welcomes moves to get kids off Nauru as soon as possible.
Save the Children calls for immediate halt to child returns
New report highlights alarming lack of oversight of Afghan child returns from Europe.
Yemen: Generation of children in need of mental health support
Save the Children warns of long term psychological damage unless more support provided.
International Digital Inclusion Week
Innovation in addressing the digital divide booming in Central NSW.
Save the Children calls on Prime Minister to get kids off Nauru.
Sulawesi search called off
Save the Children statement on government decision to call off search and rescue operation in earthquake and tsunami hit Sulawesi.
International Day of the Girl 2018
If all girls completed secondary school, more than 50 million child marriages could be prevented.
Indonesia: Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami
More than 2,700 schools badly damaged or destroyed in disaster-hit Sulawesi as children return to class.
Indonesia earthquake and tsunami
Save the Children scales up aid delivery to communities devastated by tsunami-earthquake disaster.
Indonesia: Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami
Contamination widespread, one week after Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami, fears of looming health crisis.
Vital aid delivered to earthquake and tsunami-hit region of Indonesia by Save the Children
Save the Children, working through its partner Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik (YSTC), has delivered vital aid on a military plane to Palu, the Indonesian city devastated by Friday’s earthquake and tsunami.
Save the Children welcomes investment into two years of early education
Save the Children warmly welcomes the commitment to fund two years of preschool announced today by Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews in Melbourne.
Indonesia earthquake and tsunami update
Urgent need to identify children who are lost, shocked and alone six days after tsunami, warns Save the Children.
Hands on Learning innovation accolade
Café program selected for global innovation spotlight.
Indonesia earthquake and tsunami
Children in earthquake and tsunami-hit communities face growing risk of disease outbreak and water-borne illness, warns Save the Children.
Indonesia earthquake and tsunami
Save the Children launches appeal.
Disease spike in Yemen humanitarian crisis
Surge in suspected cholera cases in Hodeidah.
Fears grow for separated and unaccompanied children in the wake of tsunami.
Indonesia: Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami
Hundreds of thousands of children affected by catastrophic Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami as landslides, power outages hamper relief efforts.
Joint NGO letter
Australia needs to guarantee military exports are not used in unlawful attacks in Yemen.
Yemen: Civilian casualties soar in Hodeidah since devastating offensive began in June
As world leaders gather in New York for the UN General Assembly, the international community has a unique window of opportunity to stand up for Yemeni children, and children in conflict everywhere, who need protection.
Independent International Fact-Finding Mission in Myanmar
Save the Children statement on the final report of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission in Myanmar.
Philippines: More than a million children missing out on education as thousands of schools remain shut following “super” Typhoon Mangkhut.
Super Typhoon Mangkhut
Philippines: Millions of children at risk as country braces for potential devastation from Super Typhoon Mangkhut.
Save the Children opens first Devonport office
Devonport residents will now have access to vital family and education services with the opening of Save the Children’s first office dedicated to North West Tasmania.
Extreme hunger could kill 600,000 children in war zones this year
More than half a million children in conflict zones could die from extreme hunger before the end of the year, new research by Save the Children shows.
Children may be forced to flee again as Idlib offensive looms
Hundreds of thousands of Syrian children who have already been forced to flee their homes once are facing a second devastating onslaught amid reports that preparations are being made for an offensive on Idlib province.
Entrenched disadvantage at heart of inequality in Australia, children not immune
Save the Children welcomes the findings of the Productivity Commission’s stocktake on rising inequality and its emphasis on the complexity of disadvantage in Australia.
Report of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar
Save the Children statement on the Report of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar released today.
Orphanage tourism symposium
Save the Children launches innovative new tool kit to help combat orphanage tourism.
Alarming number of Rohingya children orphaned by brutal violence
New research by Save the Children revealed ahead of the one-year anniversary of the crisis on Saturday.
Tasmania book launch and programs showcase
Save the Children is putting its Tasmanian programs on show in a practical and interactive illustration of the breadth of our work.
Lombok hit by two more earthquakes in a day
Aid agencies ready to scale up humanitarian response after lombok hit by two more earthquakes in a day.
Save the Children Australia joins campaign to free 119 children trapped on Nauru.
World Humanitarian Day 2018
Civilians, including aid workers, too frequently attacked, warns save the children.
120,000 books on sale at the 55th annual Save the Children UWA Branch book sale
The annual Save the Children UWA Branch book sale starts today!
Dozens of young children among the dead in Saada attack
Save the Children calls for immediate and independent investigation into recent attacks on civilians.
Save the Children raises concerns for Indonesians on earthquake-devastated Lombok
Save the Children and its partner organisation raise concerns for Indonesians in isolated makeshift camps on earthquake-devastated Lombok.
Programming the future launches in Dubbo
Programming the Future is a joint project of Save the Children Australia and Dubbo Regional Council to deliver digital skills to local children and young people.
Save the Children to respond to catastrophic dam collapse in Laos
Save the Children staff in Laos are preparing an emergency response after at least 10 people were killed and hundreds more left missing when a dam collapsed in the south of the country.
Time to end the uncertainty for 124 children still languishing on Nauru
Exactly five years since the Australian Government started to detain asylum seekers on Nauru, 124 children still languish indefinitely on the tiny Pacific island with little hope for the future, warns Save the Children.
Mosul’s children haunted by constant fear and intense sorrow a year after the city was retaken from ISIS
A year since ISIS was expelled from Mosul, the city’s children are living in near constant fear for their lives, and are often reliving memories of devastation, displacement, bombing and extreme violence, a new report from Save the Children reveals.
Save the Children commemorates NAIDOC Week 2018: Because of her, we can!
Save the Children is proud to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2018 and recognise the invaluable ongoing contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made to Australian families and communities across generations.
Save the children calls for urgent scale up of education programming for Rohingya children
Save the Children is calling for an urgent and significant scale up of education programming for Rohingya children living in Bangladesh’s overcrowded refugee camps, ahead of the UN leadership’s most high-profile visit to Cox’s Bazar to date.
Report confirms dramatic increase in children affected by conflict, as school bombed in Syria
A Save the Children-supported school in Dara’a, Syria was badly damaged this week after being hit in an airstrike. Classes in the 536 capacity school were suspended, due to escalating violence, only hours before.
Save the Children calls for new approach to refugee resettlement in Refugee Week
In the lead up to Refugee Week, Save the Children Australia is calling on the Australian Government and the Australian community to embrace innovative ways to tackle the global refugee crisis.
Hodeidah port attack
An estimated 300,000 children stuck in Hodeidah city are risk of being killed or maimed by the fighting. Families and children could be caught in the crossfire, unable to leave but in grave danger from bombs and bullets if they stay, trapped beyond the reach of humanitarian aid or medical care.
IKEA Foundation grant
Save the Children welcomes the continued support of the IKEA Foundation which this week announced an €8 million global grant (more than AUD$12 million) to train aid workers.
A mental health crisis for Gazan children
Feelings of depression, hyperactivity, a preference for being alone, and aggression were reported by 95 per cent of children in Gaza, new research released by Save the Children has shown.
Youth Frontiers calls for volunteers
It’s National Volunteer Week and Save the Children is asking locals in Murrumbidgee to give back to the community by becoming mentors for the recently launched Youth Frontiers program.
Save the Children calls on all parties to show restraint in Gaza
Save the Children is urging all parties to show restraint and urge all protests to remain peaceful following another devastating day for the children of Gaza.
Save the Children Kindergarten reopens in Mooroopna
Save the Children Australia’s Mooroopna Kindergarten renovation is complete!
Global partnership delivers Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities program
Announced today, the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities program aims to promote healthy lifestyles and address obesity in Australia by bringing nutrition education, active play and fresh foods to at-risk children and their families.
Federal Budget 2018-2019 Response: 2018-19 Budget fails to guarantee an increase in aid for most vulnerable
The 2018-19 Federal Budget is a missed opportunity for Australia to fulfil its commitment to help ensure the poorest children in our nation and overseas are not being left further behind.
Youth Partnership Project wins gong at Community Services Excellence Awards, WA
The Youth Partnership Project, supported by Save the Children, took out the category for outstanding commitment to collaborative place-based service or solutions at the WA Community Services Excellence Awards.
Tens of thousands of Somalis displaced by deadly flash flooding as heavy rains continue. Almost half a million affected
Somali families displaced by drought and near-famine conditions last year are now on the move again, with catastrophic flash flooding forcing 175,000* people out of their homes, leaving them more vulnerable to malnutrition and diseases such as Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) and cholera.
How to Create a Child Safe Organisation – child protection partnership launches 2018 Child Safety Toolkit
A tool will be launched this week to help schools and other organisations involved with kids understand the practical steps they can take to provide safe places for children.
New initiative aims to foster Australian community spirit in welcoming refugees
Launched today, the Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (CRSI) is calling on government to create a system that allows the generosity of ordinary Australians to flourish, welcoming refugees into our communities.
Brighter future for Gippsland
The latest Wellbeing of Children and Young People Report shows that East Gippsland children are less vulnerable in 2015 than in 2012, but there is still more work to do to ensure our region's children have the best start in life.
Australian Prime Minister must seek a solution to the Rohingya crisis at ASEAN summit
Save the Children is calling for the Australian government to use the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney this weekend to push for a regional solution to the Rohingya refugee crisis – described by the UN as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.
9,000 children out of school in PNG because of devastating quakes
Save the Children is warning up to 9,000 school-aged children risk having their education ruined or severely disrupted because of the devastating earthquake in PNG nearly two weeks ago.
Youth Frontiers mentoring
Children aged 12 to 16 from Murrumbidgee, Far West and Western NSW will be matched with local volunteer adult mentors and work collaboratively on a community project of their own choosing.
Reform child protection
Save the Children is urging the Federal, State and Territory Governments to work genuinely with Aboriginal communities in the Closing the Gap refresh process to institute a national target to reduce the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in out of home care.
Empowering families in Dampier
Families in the Dampier Peninsular will get a boost to children's services through a partnership between Save the Children Australia and Aarnja Empowered Communities.
Afghanistan attack condemned
It is with profound sadness that we can confirm three Save the Children staff members were killed on Wednesday in an attack on our office in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. All other staff have been safely rescued from the office. Four were injured in the attack and are receiving medical treatment.
Rohingya winter warning
Rohingya children in the camps and makeshift settlements in Bangladesh urgently need warm clothes and blankets as overnight temperatures drop with the onset of winter, Save the Children is warning.
Royal commission findings
Save the Children Australia welcomes the final report from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and calls for urgent resourcing and funding to implement the recommendations.
Deadly diphtheria in Rohingya
Save the Children health workers are on high alert for cases of the deadly disease diphtheria, which has so far claimed the lives of at least 15 Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh.
Child wise merger
Save the Children Australia and Child Wise have today announced their intent to merge. Child Wise is one of Australia's leading not-for-profit child protection and child safeguarding agencies.
Solomon islands CRC report
Save the Children has submitted a landmark report highlighting the opportunities and challenges children face growing up across the Solomon Islands.
Orphanage tourism modern slavery
Save the Children Australia welcomes the news that orphanage tourism will be included within the modern slavery definition.
Thousands evacuated in Bali
The number of evacuees from the base of Mt Agung in Bali is growing as the volcano continues to erupt, raising concerns that children may be separated from parents.
Children with disabilities
Save the Children is celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities and rallying to raise awareness for women and girls with disabilities who live in developing countries and face the triple discrimination of gender, poverty and disability.
Foreign Policy White Paper
Save the Children welcomes the Australian Government’s commitment to promoting prosperity, security and peace in the Indo-Pacific region, outlined in its Foreign Policy White Paper, and its recognition of the role of overseas aid in achieving these aims.
NT Royal Commission
Save the Children Australia is calling for urgent and collective action to prevent children from being exposed to the serious harm inflicted at the Don Dale Detention Centre.
Rohingya children testimonies
Save the Children urges foreign ministers at Myanmar meeting to step up pressure to end violence.
ABC joint Rohingya appeal
Save the Children Australia has today welcomed the launch of the ABC’s joint appeal with humanitarian agencies to support the escalating Rohingya Crisis in Bangladesh.
Children dying from pneumonia
Nearly one million children a year are dying from pneumonia even though it can be treated with antibiotics costing as little as 52 cents, Save the Children reveals today.
Bush kinder teacher award
An inspiring teacher working with Save the Children Australia has been named Early Childhood Teacher of the Year at this week's Victorian Early Years Awards.
Funding for volcano crisis
Save the Children Australia has today welcomed $400,000 of Australian Government funding to help manage the aftermath of the Ambae volcano evacuation in Vanuatu, as part of the Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP).
Funding for Rohingya
Save the Children has welcomed an Australian Government announcement of a further $10 million in funds to help aid agencies respond to the growing humanitarian crisis on Bangladesh's border with Myanmar.
Malnutrition in Rohingya
Save the Children is warning of a malnutrition crisis in the Bangladeshi district of Cox’s Bazar, where more than half a million Rohingya have arrived in the past six weeks after fleeing horrific violence and bloodshed over the border in Myanmar.
Vanuatu volcano emergency
A volcano on Vanuatu’s Ambae Island continues to erupt rocks and ash, as Save the Children staff help authorities evacuate the last residents.
Refugees depart Nauru for US
After more than four, long years, Save the Children welcomes reports that at least 27 refugees on Nauru may finally have the chance to resettle in the United States.
Protecting displaced children
A coalition of NGOs is calling on the Australian Government to lead the way in protecting child refugees and migrants, when two ground-breaking compacts are discussed at the United Nations General Assembly this week.
New funding for Rohingya
Save the Children applauds today's announcement by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop of up to $15 million funding to be released to aid displaced Rohingya in Bangladesh.
Greater government leadership
Save the Children is seeking greater leadership from the federal government to address the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care.
South Asia flood risk
At least 18,000 schools have been damaged or destroyed by South Asia’s worst flooding in years, which is putting children’s education and long-term wellbeing at risk, warns Save the Children.
Alarm at return to Nauru
The child rights agency that formerly supported children and families on Nauru, Save the Children, has expressed alarm at the prospect of asylum seeker and refugee children living in Australia being returned to Nauru.
Cameron challenges government
Save the Children has today applauded one of its youth ambassadors for challenging a government decision to exclude 16- and 17 year-olds from participating in the same-sex marriage postal ballot.
Marawi three months on
Three months on from the deadly siege in the southern Philippine city of Marawi, tens of thousands of children continue to face a grim daily struggle since first escaping the violence.
Save the Children warns that the ability of aid agencies to respond effectively to the hunger crisis threatening millions of lives in four countries is being heavily impacted by violence directed at frontline humanitarian workers, leaving vulnerable communities at increased risk of starvation.
First 1000 Days Australia
Save the Children and the University of Melbourne have joined forces to create a transformational change program with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples called First 1000 Days Australia.
Brighter future for Gippsland
The latest Wellbeing of Children and Young People Report shows that East Gippsland children are less vulnerable in 2015 than in 2012, but there is still more work to do to ensure our region's children have the best start in life.
Funding for East Africa
Save the Children welcomes today's $20 million announcement by the Australian Government to help tackle extreme hunger in Somalia and South Sudan where famine has been declared in parts of the country.