A child is a child

Protecting children on the move from violence, abuse and exploitation

Millions of children are on the move across international borders – fleeing violence and conflict, disaster or poverty, in pursuit of a better life. Hundreds of thousands move on their own. When they encounter few opportunities to move legally, children resort to dangerous routes and engage smugglers to help them cross borders. Serious gaps in the laws, policies and services meant to protect children on the move further leave them bereft of protection and care. Deprived, unprotected, and often alone, children on the move can become easy prey for traffickers and others who abuse and exploit them.

ChildFund International and Christian Children’s Fund of Canada launch joint drought response in Ethiopia

The failure of two rainy seasons in Ethiopia has put the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in the country’s southern and eastern lowland areas at risk. ChildFund International and Christian Children’s Fund of Canada are combining their efforts to address the impact of the current drought on the lives and livelihoods of drought-affected people.

Our Ambition for Children

ChildFund International 2016 Annual Report

ChildFund International is the U.S. member of ChildFund Alliance. This report covers its activities in 2016.

ChildFund Vietnam country report 2015/2016

ChildFund Vietnam is a representative office of ChildFund Australia. ChildFund began working in Vietnam in 1995 and operates community development programs in the areas of education, water and sanitation, sustainable livelihoods, child rights and child protection, food security, and maternal and child health, including HIV prevention. With a strong focus on building the resilience of young people, ChildFund also gives children and youth the opportunity to take part in sports, vocational and life skills education, and supports their participation in local decision-making processes.

ChildFund Papua New Guinea country report 2015/2016

ChildFund Papua New Guinea is a representative office of ChildFund Australia. ChildFund began work in Papua New Guinea in 1994, and undertakes child-focused community development programs in Central Province and the National Capital District. Key programs are implemented in the areas of maternal and child health, including nutrition, and water and sanitation, education through the Child-Friendly Schools framework, protection and resilience against family and sexual violence, and disaster and child protection. ChildFund PNG has established a Family and Sexual Violence Counselling Hotline which operates in Port Moresby and provides national coverage.

ChildFund Myanmar country report 2015/2016

ChildFund Myanmar is a representative office of ChildFund Australia. ChildFund Australia began working in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) in 2012, following the country’s shift from decades of military rule to a newly elected government. Child-focused development programs are being delivered in a partnership approach working with local groups and organizations, focusing on the areas of child protection, education, sustainable livelihoods, water and sanitation, health and HIV and AIDS.

ChildFund Laos Country Report 2015/2016

ChildFund Laos is a representative office of ChildFund Australia. ChildFund began work in Laos in 2010, implementing community development programs in Xieng Khouang Province, one of the poorest areas in the country. ChildFund has a strong focus on improving access to quality education, and is expanding its work to include pre-primary education to ensure that children get the best possible start in life. In partnership with communities, ChildFund has also established projects to improve water, sanitation and hygiene, mother and child heath, food security and nutrition, and to provide opportunities for children and youth to participate in local decision-making. ChildFund has a strong focus on protection, child rights, and developing life-skills through tools including sport and multimedia.

ChildFund Cambodia Country Report 2015/2016

ChildFund Cambodia is a representative office of ChildFund Australia. ChildFund began work in Cambodia in 2007, and works in partnership with children, their communities and local partners to create lasting change, while responding to humanitarian emergencies and promoting children’s rights. We implement a range of programs at national and sub-national levels focusing on the rights of children and their families in the areas of child protection and resilience, education, sustainable livelihoods, local governance, nutrition, safe migration, water and sanitation, and youth empowerment.

CEDAW for Youth

CEDAW for Youth is a youth-friendly version of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. It was authored by a young woman and young man.

Preventing Violence Against Children Attitudes, Perceptions & Priorities

ChildFund Alliance and World Vision International commissioned Ipsos Reid to ask a question on the need to prioritize the prevention of violence against children at the global level. Support was unambiguous, with 93% of the 11,000 respondents stating that preventing violence against children should be a global priority.

Realising Children’s Rights in a Changing Climate

As world leaders gather in Paris for the 21st Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), the Children in a Changing Climate coalition, of which ChildFund Alliance is a member, puts forward a set of recommendations for child-centred climate change adaptation.

Children on Children's Rights: Respect!

Small Voices, Big Dreams 2015

As part of our Small Voices, Big Dreams initiative, and on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, ChildFund Alliance reached out to over 6,000 children to ask them about their views on children's rights.

Putting Children at the Heart of the World Humanitarian Summit

ChildFund Alliance, Plan International, Save the Children, SOS Children’s Villages International, War Child, and World Vision’s report to ensure that children’s perspectives are considered, and their priorities and recommendations are reflected in the outcomes of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), which will take place on May 23-24, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Free Charters

ChildFund Alliance consulted with over 2,300 children in 40 countries and asked them about their priorities for the post-2015 agenda. In their "free charters" to world leaders they ask for the MDGs to be fulfilled and for violence against children to be added as a new global priority.

Children Speak About Being Free from Violence and Exploitation

In a study of the views of children on the issues of violence and exploitation, ChildFund Alliance conducted over 50 focus groups in 41 countries so that their voices can be heard as part of the post 2015-agenda. The children cited the top three things they want world leaders to do – raise awareness of the issues, enact laws and punish offenders – as well as give examples of the worst forms of violence and exploitation.



Research Papers

La Participación Infantil como Pilar Esencial en la Construcción de Sociedades Libres de Violencia contra Niñas, Niños y Adolescentes

Este artículo defiende la importancia de proteger a las NNA a través de la participación infantil, y avanza en la operativización de esta propuesta a través de la presentación de un embrión de marco de acción que facilite la integración del concepto de participación infantil en el conjunto de estrategias que persiguen avanzar en la erradicación de la violencia hacia las NNA.