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Child Protection

Every child, no matter who they are or where they come from, deserves a safe and protected upbringing.
lion children live and survive on the unsafe str
Save the Children, through several state-level programmes and national policy-influencing decisions, has helped protect 5, 67,492 children in 2019!

Come, join our mission to PROTECT Every Last Child!

Over the years, we have faced a multitude of issues but undeterred, we have devised several solutions that help us continue sharing the gift of security and safety with underprivileged children.

Here, take a look.

The Problem

389 districts in India have over 100 pending child abuse cases each.


  • Child Abuse in India is a crippling issue.

    Every 15 minutes, a child is sexually abused in India.

    Lakhs of children are mistreated and/or sexually abused every year in India. Child abuse causes actual and/or potential harm to the child’s health, survival, development, and dignity.


  • Child Labour restricts a child’s growth & development.

    Many children engage in child labour at a young age.

    There are around 10.13 million child labourers between 5-14 years in India (4.1 million girls and 5.6 million boys). Child labourers are engaged in paid and unpaid forms of work that are not harmful to them; however, these activities will compromise their
    physical, mental, social or educational development in the long run.


  • To date, India fights the evil of Child Marriage

    27% of girls in India are married before their 18th birthday.

    At an age when children should play, study and enjoy their childhood, several children, both girls and boys, are forced to marry and work. India is home to 223 million child brides, which means approximately one in four young women in India are married
    or are in a union before their 18th birthday.


  • Widespread Drug Abuse among Children in India

    Substance use among children and adolescents is a public health concern

    Many children struggle with drug abuse and gambling at a young age. In spite of a serious threat posed by substance use among children, it remains grossly under-researched in India, limited to sporadic studies at a local or regional level.


  • Growing threats to the lives of children living in vulnerable conditions

    Over 2 million children live and survive on the unsafe streets in India. Additionally, children living in conflict zones are also vulnerable to life-threatening scenarios and could be absorbed into terrorism, uprisings, and/or illegal activities.


  • Women and girls are being sold and bought, worldwide

    Trafficked women and girls encounter high rates of physical and sexual brutality.

    Countless women and girls go missing and are trafficked every year in India. A few examples of exploitative and illegal work that trafficked girls are subjected to include bonded sweatshop activity, coerced prostitution, and domestic confinement, etc.


  • Crumbling Child Care Infrastructure

    1 in 2 Child Care Institutions lack an adequate number of caregivers.

    Children are found across India, living in a street situation, no identity, social protection, education and no shelter. 54% of Child Care Institutions do not have an adequate number of caregivers.

BE A PART OF OUR SOLUTION

We run programmes to protect and secure the most disadvantaged children of India in several ways.

Banish Child Marriages
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We work to alleviate the issue of child marriages by coordinating with the local police and authorities.

Building Awareness
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We work to build and spread awareness around gender equality, perils and health risks of child marriage amongst community members.

Children’s Groups and Child Welfare Committees
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We create several Children’s Groups and Child Welfare Committees in villages, wards, and districts across India to ensure the protection of children and their rights.

Children-led Approach
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We work towards a community-led and children-led approach to curb issues like labour, marriage, and abuse amongst children.

Social Protection Schemes
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Through our work, we link families to Social Protection Schemes and ensure childbirths are registered for them to be associated with Anganwadi centers and schools.

Empower Children
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We help empower children, foster child participation, as well as give them the power to demand and report anything they find inappropriate or unjustified.

Empower the Girl Child
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We empower girls in numerous communities to raise their voice against abuse, harassment, eve-teasing, and inequality of any kind.

Training & Certification
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We make sure that our staff members and partners are trained and certified on child protection and gender equality so that the children feel safe at all times.

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OUR HUMANITARIAN RELIEF WORK

While Save the Children has offices in 10 states, we have a roster of trained humanitarian workers who are available to be deployed across the country in response to an emergency situation.
  • 2008

    In collaboration with the national government, we supported the relief work and provided our expertise during the Kosi river floods in Bihar.

  • 2009

    Cyclone Aila had a devastating effect on the livelihoods of the population in West Benegal. In response, we restored and promoted sustainable livelihoods in selected cyclone-affected areas of North 24 Parganas
    districts of West Bengal, with specific consideration for the needs of women and girls aged 12-18 years.

  • 2010

    Save the Children has been working on Humanitarian and Disaster Risk Reduction issues in India since the floods in Leh, in 2010.

  • 2013 & 2014

    We have provided the biggest and most impactful response during the Kashmir floods in 2014, the flash floods in Uttarakhand in 2013, Cyclones Phailin in 2013 and Hudhud in 2014.

  • 2015

    A powerful earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015. In response, Save the Children launched a disaster response in Nepal with emergency assistance.

  • 2016 & 2017

    Provided relief during the East India floods.

  • 2018

    Save the Children in collaboration with ‘I am for Alleppy’ banner and Kudumbashree (Kerala State Poverty Eradication Mission) undertook the following relief operations amongst more humanitarian work.

    • 32,762 from 6,125 households were supported with hygiene, utensil, and shelter during the relief period
    • 30 Anganwadi centers were rebuilt in Kuttanad area
    • More than 4,000 children were provided with education kits
    • Massive cleaning drives were undertaken in six-gram panchayats with the support of the community
  • 2019

    Save the Children’s teams stocked up relief material like shelter kits, household kits and education support material for children and families hit by Cyclone Fani.

    Additionally, during Assam and Bihar floods in 2019, we reached 15,000 children in Assam immediately with life-saving aid including temporary shelter, water, hygiene and sanitation services – all of which are essential to protect children from the elements
    and potential disease.

  • 2020

    We continue to provide humanitarian support to victims of Delhi Violence since February.

    We are also consistently providing COVID relief to many children, families, and communities since the first lockdown in March 2020.

In collaboration with the national government, we supported the relief work and provided our expertise during the Kosi river floods in Bihar.

Cyclone Aila had a devastating effect on the livelihoods of the population in West Benegal. In response, we restored and promoted sustainable livelihoods in selected cyclone-affected areas of North 24 Parganas districts
of West Bengal, with specific consideration for the needs of women and girls aged 12-18 years.

Save the Children has been working on Humanitarian and Disaster Risk Reduction issues in India since the floods in Leh, in 2010.

We have provided the biggest and most impactful response during the Kashmir floods in 2014, the flash floods in Uttarakhand in 2013, Cyclones Phailin in 2013 and Hudhud in 2014.

A powerful earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015. In response, Save the Children launched a disaster response in Nepal with emergency assistance.

Provided relief during the East India floods.

Save the Children in collaboration with ‘I am for Alleppy’ banner and Kudumbashree (Kerala State Poverty Eradication Mission) undertook the following relief operations amongst more humanitarian work.

  • 32,762 from 6,125 households were supported with hygiene, utensil, and shelter during the relief period
  • 30 Anganwadi centers were rebuilt in Kuttanad area
  • More than 4,000 children were provided with education kits
  • Massive cleaning drives were undertaken in six-gram panchayats with the support of the community

Save the Children’s teams stocked up relief material like shelter kits, household kits and education support material for children and families hit by Cyclone Fani.

Additionally, during Assam and Bihar floods in 2019, we reached 15,000 children in Assam immediately with life-saving aid including temporary shelter, water, hygiene and sanitation services – all of which are essential to protect children from the elements
and potential disease.

We continue to provide humanitarian support to victims of Delhi Violence since February.

We are also consistently providing COVID relief to many children, families, and communities since the first lockdown in March 2020.

Directly Impacted 4,06,200
children

Through the consistency of our donors’ support, we have successfully impacted the lives of many children. PAN India, since 2008

We are indebted to our supporters and donors who have helped touch the lives of many. You too can make a difference.

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Indirectly Impacted 5,08,000
adults

Save the Children’s child protection interventions are aligned with the Global Strategy and Global Education Breakthrough, which believes that all children deserve to grow in a safe environment.

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