Safe and Secure Childhoods

We believe a world without violence against children is possible. More than 1 billion children suffer from violence every year. This does not have to be the case. We know that being safe and secure drives children’s sense of well-being. Child protection transforms lives. We want to ensure children feel safe to speak out against violence.

We also want to support survivors to heal and recover. We want to create lasting change for children in every community, city and country. To do this, we must work with families, faith leaders, schools, and various levels of government. We must also involve the children themselves.

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Child Protection


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A world where children are safe and secure

We are making progress. In Kenya, we have collaborated with different communities to alter opinions and beliefs about child marriage. As a result, young girls are able to attend school. In the Philippines, we’ve reduced child labour in the sugarcane industry.

We are working in South Sudan with faith leaders and survivors of violence to reduce stigma and change behaviour. This will lead to a decrease in violence. Our child protection programmes in Lebanon and Jordan are reaching children left vulnerable by the conflict in Syria. 

We work to help children out of dangerous situations. We also work with communities to identify the roots of violence that lead to abuse, exploitation, trafficking, and other forms of violence against children.  Our community-led systems approach to ending violence, combined with World Vision's global It Takes a World to End Violence campaign is catalysing a global movement of people committed to keeping children safe from harm.

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A System's Approach to Child Protection

World Vision takes a systems approach to prevent violence against children. We empower whole communities to collaborate and create a safe, supportive atmosphere for all children, particularly the most vulnerable. 

"Over 1,400 child protection projects were implemented in 60 countries, including over 1.1 million children who participated in actions to end violence against children"
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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. 

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Safety and Security for Children in East Asia

Featured Project

The Greater Mekong Sub-region comprises six countries: Cambodia, China, Laos-PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. All of them are connected by the Mekong River. 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.