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Child Protection

Every five minutes a child dies from violence. Around the world a staggering 1.7 billion children experience violence every single year. In every country and culture, children are facing abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence. Violations include sexual exploitation and abuse, trafficking, physical and humiliating punishment, harmful traditional practices such as early marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting and recruitment into armed forces and groups.

Every child has the right to be safe. Save the Children works to ensure that violence against children is no longer tolerated. We work with children, families, communities and societies to put in place laws, policies and services to support children, and promote social norm and attitude changes. We work to prevent and respond to all forms of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence affecting children.

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Child Protection Global Theme

Child Protection is one of five global themes prioritized by Save the Children to deliver its new strategy.

Children have an absolute right to be safe. Yet girls and boys in every country, in every culture and at every social level face forms of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence. These violations include sexual exploitation and abuse, trafficking, physical and humiliating punishment, harmful traditional practices (including early marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting) and recruitment into armed forces and groups.

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