Cross Thematic Areas


Save the Children advocates for better practices and policies to fulfill Children's Rights and to ensure that Children's voices are heard at the global, national and local levels. Advocacy is thus central to ensure lasting change in children’s lives. Advocacy is a set of organised activities designed to influence the policies and actions of others to achieve positive changes for children’s lives. Advocacy aims to change policies and legislation so they will have a positive effect on children’s lives. It also aims to change the way decision-making happens to make it more inclusive.
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Child Participation

Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child recognises that children have a right to be heard. The application of this right has been broadly conceptualised as ‘participation’, although the term itself does not appear in the Convention. Of course, children have always participated in many ways within societies – for example, at the community level, through play and the arts, and in their economic contribution to their families. In the context of Article 12, however, the term ‘participation’ has evolved, and is now very widely used, as a shorthand to describe children’s right to involvement in decisions and actions that affect them and to have those views taken into account.
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Child Rights Programming (CRP)

Child Rights Programming is an approach used by Save the Children and other child rights organisations to ensure their activities are based on and constantly pushes the agenda for children’s rights. It means using the principles of children’s rights to plan, implement and monitor programmes with the overall goal of improving the position of children so that all children – no matter who they are - can fully enjoy their rights and live in societies that acknowledge and respect children’s rights.
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Children's Rights and Business

Business impact and responsibility towards human rights has long been a concern for NGOs, and since the development of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP) considered an important factor in reaching rights compliance and development. Save the Children has been engaged in the issues for quite some time, an engagement that was formalized in 2012 with the publishing of the Children's Rights and Business Principles (CRBP). The UNGP stands on the “Protect, Respect, Remedy”-framework that sets forth three fundamental principles when it comes to the fulfilment of rights; - The state duty to protect against human rights abuses by third parties, including business, through appropriate policies, regulation, and adjudication;
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Gender Equality

Gender equality is a basic right for all people, including girls, boys and young people. Including equity and equality among and between girls, boys and young people is at the heart of the UNCRC and is key for the full realization of children’s rights. Hence, Save the Children believes that it is critical to directly address gender discrimination and promote gender equality in order to advance its vision for a world where every child attains their equal right to survival, protection, development, and participation. Save the Children’s programming, campaigns, advocacy and organization are founded on its global essential standards, in full-spectrum, to be gender-sensitive at the minimum and gender-transformative whenever possible.
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Child Safeguarding

Save the Children has a zero tolerance towards the abuse and exploitation of children by any of the organisation’s representatives. In addition, the organisation is equally committed to doing everything within its power to avoid unintended harm or accidents to children as a result of any of the activities. This is crystallized within Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding Policy. In support of this policy, Save the Children has developed a set of standards, procedures and guidance and tools. This is a comprehensive range of materials which are itemized and available on the Resource Centre. Photo: Anne-Sofie Helms/Save the Children
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Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

Climate change, environmental degradation, population growth, increased urbanization, unsustainable development in hazard-prone areas, risky technologies, and growing social and economic inequalities have all contributed to a dramatic increase in the impact of disaster events. DRR activities can be legislation, policies, strategies and practices that are developed and applied to minimise vulnerabilities and disaster risks.
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Climate Change Adaptation (CCA)

There is no scientific ambiguity to the fact that the world’s climate is warming and that this warming over the past 50 years is attributable in part to man’s activities. There is a wide consensus that this warming will lead to changing rainfall patterns, rising sea levels, increased spread of tropical disease, loss of biodiversity and increased frequency and amplitude of weather related natural disasters. Children are particularly at risk in a disaster and vulnerable to the incremental impacts of climate change. It is essential that their immediate and longer-term survival, protection and developmental needs are considered in any activities to prepare for or mitigate a potential disaster, or adapt to the negative impacts of longer-term climatic trends.
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Save the Children’s vision is safe, sustainable and resilient cities where children survive, learn and are safe, and the organisation is committed to reaching the excluded and deprived children in cities. Save the Children believe that progressive cities can harness human capital, technology and effective governance to play a central role in reducing urban poverty and achieving child rights. However, cities also pose a unique set of challenges for children that can undermine the realisation of their rights.
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Children are living today in a more complex world and fast changing environment.  While access to health and education has improved and poverty reduced in the last 15 years, inequalities are on the rise, more than 50% of the world’s population live in fast growing cities and the world is increasingly threatened by conflicts, climate change and environmental degradation.
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Children do not live in boxes. A hungry or frightened child cannot learn and equal access to services requires sufficient investments in children by governments and families. Progress towards all children surviving, learning and no longer experiencing violence requires Save the Children to work across its five thematic areas of health and nutrition, child protection, child poverty, education and child rights governance.

By presenting these thematic areas individually, examples specific to each can be clearly presented and explored for a greater perspective of different ways in which Save the Children employs each thematic area.