Protecting children from harm

A young girl is comforted by her mother

Being safe is something many of us take for granted. Yet sadly, there are children in the Philippines who aren’t safe.

Children in every country, culture and social level face various forms of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence. This abuse occurs at home, in school, in the community or during emergencies. Child protection failures affect progress in all other sectors.

Growing up with violence and abuse seriously affects a child's development, dignity and physical and psychological wellbeing. With 1.2 million children trafficked worldwide every year, and all too many children affected by natural disasters and armed conflict, Save the Children is committed to protecting children from harm in the Philippines and across the globe.

We do this by strengthening families' and communities' awareness and abilities to safely care for and protect their children. This reduces the number of children being abused, separated from their parents or ending up in harmful institutional care.

Our child protection work

Child protection is an important part of our work and as such, we implement child protection programs in the Philippines. We make it our business to ensure vulnerable children are protected, to the best of our ability, wherever they are.

To maximise our impact for children, we implement our own programs and also work in partnership with the Filipino government, local organizations and communities to strengthen government and community-based protective mechanisms and responses for vulnerable children and families. We advocate for improved laws and systems to prevent child abuse happening and also to address the negative impacts caused by child abuse and family violence.

Our programs focus on:

    • Helping children without appropriate care including neglected and/or abused children, children in institutions or other forms of alternative care and children on the move (child refugees, child migrants and trafficked children).
    • Protecting children during emergencies including children subjected to sexual violence, children associated with armed groups and family separation.
    • Ensuring children are protected from risk of injury and are able to attend school and have adequate recreational time.
    • Ending all forms of physical and humiliating punishment of children in all settings.
    • Improving the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children and young people.

      Child protection is everyone’s business

      We believe everyone has a role to play in protecting children from harm and we encourage you to help us keep children safe. See our video against cruel and humilitating punishment and instead, use positive discipline - guiding and teaching children with warmth, structure and understanding. 

      How we aim to improve child protection 

      We plan to continue lobbying the government and its legislators to support the passage of a law or policies to eliminate physical and humiliating punishment in all areas - including schools and homes.

      We will scale up our work on promoting non-violent child rearing and positive discipline.

      We aim to ensure that at least 80% of children and adults in the areas we work in are aware of the risks of trafficking and migration, and how to address these.

      We will ensure that children and adults in the areas we work in understand child protection risks and what can be done to prevent children from being exposed to abuse, exploitation, violence, and neglect during emergencies and armed conflict. 

      What you can do to save the children?

      Charitable contributions from people like you make it possible for us to support child protection programs and so much more. Please support our mission and work around the country. You can count on us to be good stewards of your generous donation, helping vulnerable children where the need is greatest with whatever they need the most.

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      Safer homes and communities

      Corporal punishment is the most common form of violence. It affects millions of children in the Philippines, and impacts physical and emotional well being of our children. This is what we do to prevent and stop it.

      - Support parents, teachers and communities with non-violent methods to raise children.

      - Promote laws that protect children against corporal punishment promote positive discipline.

      - Change attitudes and social norms so families and communities no longer accept corporal punishment.

      Support our work to end corporal punishment and promote positive discipline #lovedoesnothurt