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Latest Media Releases

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.

Nauru update
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.

Rohingya crisis
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.

Gaza Protests
Futures of nearly 1,000 children shot by live ammunition hang in the balance amid strained health system.

Responsible tourism
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.

Pacific aid
Save the Children welcomes the Prime Minister’s commitment to the Pacific, but more aid is needed.

Yemen statement
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.

Children’s Week
Time to listen to children and get kids off Nauru.

Rohingya crisis
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. 

Nauru statement
Save the Children calls on the Australian Government to come to the table and negotiate to get kids off Nauru as soon as possible.

Adelaide event
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.

Indonesian earthquake
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.

Typhoon Mangkhut
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.

Food-insecure countries
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.

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