Safe and secure childhoods

We believe a world without violence against children is possible. Every year, 1.7 billion children are affected by some form of violence, but it doesn’t have to be this way. We know that being safe and secure drives children’s sense of well-being. Child protection transforms lives. We want to make sure children are safe, to call out violence when it occurs, and work with survivors to heal and recover. Working with families, faith leaders, schools, and various levels of government—as well as the children themselves— we want to create lasting change for children in every community, city and country.

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A world where children are safe and secure

We are making progress. In Kenya, we’ve worked with communities to change attitudes and beliefs about child marriage, ensuring young girls go to school instead. In the Philippines, we’ve reduced child labour in the sugarcane industry. In South Sudan, we are working with faith leaders and survivors of violence to reduce stigma and change behaviour, resulting in a decrease in violence. Our child protection programmes in Lebanon and Jordan are reaching children left vulnerable by the conflict in Syria.  We don’t just help children out of dangerous situations, we work with and among communities to address the root causes of violence such as poverty and social stigma that often lead to abuse, exploitation, trafficking, and other forms of violence against children.

But there’s more to be done. We believe every child deserves a childhood free from violence, to live life in all its fullness, and to become the person we believe God created them to be. We want to help every community build a safety net of loving people to protect children, prevent harm, and ensure that those who are harmed receive the help they need to recover. By 2030, the world has pledged to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children through the Sustainable Development Goals.

World Vision’s global campaign, It takes a world to end violence against children, is catalysing a global movement of people committed to keeping children safe from harm and violence. The campaign is our promise to children to do everything we can to see that happen.

Together we’ve impacted the lives of over 200 million vulnerable children by tackling the root causes of poverty.
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Safety and Security for Children in East Asia

Featured Project

The Greater Mekong Sub-region is made up of six countries connected by the Mekong River: Cambodia, China, Laos-PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Migration in this region is often due to economic stagnation and displacement through conflict. Women, children and youth are lured by traffickers with promises of work and opportunity....

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It Takes A World to End Violence Against Children

Violence is the world's worst crime against children. It affects around 1.7 billion children every year, in every country, city and community. But it doesn’t need to be this way. We need your help.