Everyone has a responsibility for safeguarding children and young people. We can help you make sure no child in your care is harmed.
protecting children from maltreatment
preventing impairment of children’s health or development
ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcome
the action we take to promote the welfare of refugee children and protect them from harm - is everyone’s responsibility.
Displacement & loss of protection
Huge numbers of children have been forced to leave home far behind. Some families send their unaccompanied children over the border in the hope of finding safety. Also, when women and children are permitted to flee besieged areas, their men are often made to remain behind: many husbands and fathers are never seen again. In the chaos of fleeing, vast numbers of children are orphaned or separated from one or both parents. Untold thousands are trying to survive without the protection of family.
Loss of learning & play
Very few children attend school in Syria because there are now very few schools or teachers. They’re forgetting how to read, how to live with routine, and how to play — in fact, they’re forgetting how to be children. Missing out on childhood simply stores up problems for the future, to be piled on top of all the other problems these children will face as they grow up
Risk of abuse
Children in a conflict zone grow up fast, yet they don’t have the experience or resources they need to protect themselves. Many suffer sexual and physical violence, and some are recruited into fighting.
Malnutrition & starvation
Children of all ages are dying of starvation in Syria. Orphaned infants, and those whose mothers are too traumatised or malnourished to feed them, have no access to breast milk and, since formula is no longer available or has become unaffordable in many parts of Syria, desperate carers resort to feeding them grass and cooled herbal tea.
The effect of the conflict on Syrian children is almost beyond description. Some have seen their families killed before their eyes, and have had to bury them. They’ve been shot at and blown up by their own government. Thousands display horrific physical scars; all of them bear invisible trauma and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Huge numbers of children exhibit hyperactivity or severe withdrawal; they are depressed and anxious.