Protecting children from harm

A young girl is comforted by her mother

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


Children can experience various forms of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence.

Abuse can happen anywhere: At home, at school, in the community.

Abuse can happen anytime: With or without emergencies.

Growing up with violence and abuse seriously affects a child's development, dignity, physical and psychological well-being.

Globally, 1.2 million children are trafficked every year. Meanwhile, thousands are affected by natural disasters and armed conflict. Save the Children is committed to protecting children from harm at all costs.

We do this by strengthening families' and communities' awareness and abilities to safely care for and protect their children. 

Our child protection work

We make it our business to ensure vulnerable children are protected, to the best of our ability, wherever they are.

To maximize our impact for children, we implement our own programs and also work in partnership with the government, local organizations, and communities.

We advocate for improved local and national policies to prevent child abuse. We also push for better ways in addressing 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 (i.e., child refugees, child migrants, trafficked children).
    • Protecting children during emergencies including children subjected to sexual violence, children associated with armed groups and family separation.
    • Ensuring that children are protected from injury risks 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 well-being 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.

      We continue to lobby the government and its legislators to support the passage of  laws that eliminate physical and humiliating punishment for children.

      In our work, we always aim for 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.

      Together, let's continue to protect and empower children. Donate today, save lives!

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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