Changing the future for children

The Issues

Every child has the right to a healthy, educated and safe future. Sadly, this is not the reality for all children.

Millions of children suffer from preventable illnesses, don't have access to an education, or are abused or exploited. This just isn't right and Save the Children is working hard to change this.  

What we do

Save the Children does exactly what our name says we do – we save children's lives. With the help of our supporters, Save the Children Australia made a difference to the the lives of 12 million children and adults through our programs last year. Guided by our vision to protect the rights of children and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, we help children in the following areas:

Health

We improve the health of children and families so children no longer die of preventable illnesses and so more children live past their fifth birthday. 

Education

With 57 million primary school-aged children not in school, Save the Children works in Australia and overseas to create greater access to quality education and lift children out of poverty.

Child protection

With one billion children living in countries affected by armed conflict, we protect the world's most vulnerable children from abuse, neglect and exploitation. This includes children separated from their families because of war, natural disasters, extreme poverty and exploitation, as well as vulnerable children in Australia. 

Emergencies

Children are the most vulnerable when an emergency strikes. They face injury, malnutrition and serious illness. We provide life-saving supplies and emotional support to children during emergencies and also support communities with the often slow process of rebuilding.

Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction

We know children can positively contribute to the safety of their communities. That's why we're working to reduce their vulnerability to natural disasters, and help them understand the impacts of climate change and how their communities can respond.