CHILD PROTECTION SIGNATURE INITIATIVE

CHILD PROTECTION SIGNATURE INITIATIVE

Every child deserves to feel safe.

Our goal, back in 2016, was to protect 4 million girls, boys, and parents as well as faith, community, and government leaders to address the root causes of violence against children by 2023. Thanks to generous support, in 2021 we passed that goal and continue to impact more lives!

People reached so far:
2016
2023
March 2022
4.9 MILLION
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The need

Worldwide, one in two children experience some form of violence every year—threatening the dignity, rights, potential, and future of boys and girls created in God’s image.

Violence against children includes harmful cultural practices like female genital mutilation and child marriage (Kenya Big Dream), hazardous labor, trafficking, and abuse in their own homes.

Criminals make an estimated $150 billion profit every year trafficking victims for sex and labor.

While the exact number of girls and women worldwide who have undergone FGM remains unknown, at least 200 million in 31 countries have been subjected to the practice. What’s more, 12 million girls are married before they reach the age of 18 — that’s one girl every four seconds. 

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Our response

As a respected global leader in child protection, World Vision offers unparalleled reach, expertise, and influence to help communities become safer places for children.

Our solutions get to the root of the problem and work to stop violence before it starts — we call them the four rings of responsibility:

EMPOWER CHILDREN with knowledge of their rights and practical skills to protect themselves and one another.

STRENGTHEN FAMILIES with parenting skills and social and economic support so they can function as a first line of protection and care for children.

MOBILIZE CHURCH LEADERS to leverage their influence in the service of helping change behaviors and end harmful cultural norms and practices.

INFLUENCE GOVERNMENTS by working with local agencies to improve or implement child protection laws.

Our impact

Sustainable impact comes about when attitudes and behaviors are changed. Our decades of experience in child protection and the trust brought about by our long-term presence in communities allows us to address harmful cultural norms that condone and perpetuate exploitation, abuse, and violence. Since issues vary depending on context, we identify solutions by working with families, local and faith leaders, and children.

9,507

In India, 9,507 girls were trained to recognize abusive relationships and dangerous situations.

4,253

In Guatemala, 4,253 children and youth received support to attend school or vocational training.

524

524 Girl Power Groups in India were formed in 2022.

4,408

In India, 4,408 men were encouraged to place more value on women and girls, and to advocate for their protection in their communities.

2,592

In Kenya, Biblical Empowered Worldview champions reached 2,592 households and helped family members change from a mindset of dependency to one of empowerment.

Our partners

We are blessed to partner with hundreds of Christian philanthropists and couldn’t do this work without them. And we’re able to reach more people because of our highly collaborative local and global partnerships within private and public sectors.

Sandy Grubb

“Through World Vision, I've been so fortunate to witness incredible social progress in Bangladesh, thanks to a generation of advocates fighting for justice and opportunity for children.”

Carla Hillard

“World Vision addresses the issues that put children in harms way - from child labor, exploitation, gang violence, child marriage, and other forms of violence robs them of their childhood.”

Our team of experts

Christy Fellner Christy Fellner
Director, Child Protection & Education, PQI
Matthew Stephens Matthew Stephens
Senior Technical Advisor - Child Protection
Jennifer Salcido Jennifer Salcido
Program Manager
Kerina Zvobgo Kerina Zvobgo
Program Manager
Joanne Korandu Joanne Korandu
Program Manager, Kenya Big Dream