JOIN THE MOVEMENT
TO PROTECT CHILDREN IN WAR

Here are 5 ways you can make children off limits in war

*Siraj, 13 with his school bag, in the informal refugee camp, where he lives with his family in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.

1. JOIN THE CAMPAIGN AND SPREAD THE WORD

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The more of us who raise our voices alongside children, the louder our message, and the more chance we will be heard by those in power.

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Mai*, 11, with her friend Sara*, 14, at Save the Children’s Child Friendly Space in a displacement camp, North East Syria.

2. TELL YOUR MP TO STAND WITH CHILDREN IN CONFLICT

Your MP speaks for you in Parliament. The more MPs that hear from us, the more chance there is the Government will act.

Michael*, 5, is photographed at primary school in Mingkaman

3. TELL THE GOVERNMENT WHY THIS MATTERS TO YOU

When you speak, the Government listens. Tell us why you think the UK government should protect children in conflict, and we'll share the message with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to convince him to act.

Rani*, seven, at his family’s home in Za’atari camp for Syrian refugees, Jordan.

4. HELP FUND THE FUTURE

Children around the world are overcoming conflict every single day to build a better world. Help them do this in Yemen with a small donation.

Maya*, 11 yrs old from Sa’ada, lives next to her school. Maya loves going to school, she is the top student.

5. LEAD THE CAMPAIGN

A team of heroes in key parts of the country are leading the campaign in their communities. They bring people together, raise awareness, speak to politicians, and make change happen. You can join them.   

Siraj*, 13, on his way to school with his siblings and cousins, Bekaa valley, Lebanon.

What's happening?

Millions of children are battling through conflicts started by adults. It’s time to make them off limits in war.

Marium*, 11, stands with her sister Ayesha*, 9, and their uncle and cousins outside their home in a camp for Rohingya Refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

At our best we, the British people, have achieved amazing things.

We’ve stood up to bullies. We’ve supported the underdog.

We’ve led by example.

It’s time for us to do what’s right again.

Join the movement to convince the Government to create a plan to keep children safe in war.

Together, through words and actions, we can send a message to our government, and to the world again: the
future is worth fighting for.

But it’s going to take all of us, working together, to make
that happen.

WHAT'S THE PLAN?

The first practical step is for the UK Government to come up with a plan that lays out how they will keep children safe in war.

We had one in the past, but the old plan - the 'Protection of Civilians' Strategy' expired in 2013. That's not good enough for children.

Wael*, 14, takes part in activities at Save the Children’s Child Friendly Space in a displacement camp, North East Syria.Public Khalid*, seven, at Save the Children’s Child Friendly Space in a displacement camp, North East Syria.Public Khalid*, seven, at Save the Children’s Child Friendly Space in a displacement camp, North East Syria.Public Khalid*, seven, at Save the Children’s Child Friendly Space in a displacement camp, North East Syria.Public Dina*, eight, plays with friends at Save the Children’s Child Friendly Space in a displacement camp, North East Syria.Public Dina*, eight, plays with friends at Save the Children’s Child Friendly Space in a displacement camp, North East Syria.Public Wael*, 14, takes part in activities at Save the Children’s Child Friendly Space in a displacement camp, North East Syria.Public Zeina*, 10, and Muaz*, six, play at Save the Children’s Child Friendly Space in a displacement camp, North East Syria.Public Dina*, eight, plays with friends at Save the Children’s Child Friendly Space in a displacement camp, North East Syria.Public Hatem*, nine, at Save the Children’s Child Friendly Space in a displacement camp, North East Syria.

The new strategy must:

1. Set out ambitious and specific measures to protect children in conflict.

2. Commit to upholding international laws to protect all civilians.

3. Tackle the new challenges children face in warfare.

4. Act on evidence and create new ways to track and record harm done to children and other civilians in conflict.

5. Be held to account. It should have deadlines, and be reviewed frequently and openly for as long as it takes.   

Children walk home from school in Mosul's Old CityThe city of Mosul was severely damaged in the fighting. Much of the housing was reduced to rubble. Although families are returning, basic infrastructure is still lacking.

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