Protecting children in emergencies

Children require special protection in emergencies. Photographer: Julius Theo Castroverde

Our emergency response teams have helped children at risk in more than 120 emergency situations around the world. Our long-standing relationships with local communities, proven infrastructure and logistics, cultural knowledge, and trusted recognition as a reliable partner in quality care enable us to deliver fast relief and partner effectively with other humanitarian organisations and authorities.

In every emergency we coordinate with other aid organisations, but we specialise in protection of children, which includes care for unaccompanied and separated children; interim care centres for children; family reunification, child friendly spaces, and psychological and social support.
To prevent family separation, we support families with health, food, nutrition, shelter, education or hygiene (WASH), depending on the context.
See our International Annual Reports for specifics on our emergency work worldwide each year.
SOS Children’s Villages takes action in emergencies according to International Humanitarian Law and the Humanitarian Imperative. Our conduct in all aspects of emergencies is guided by the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence. Learn more about our approach in our Emergency Policy.

  • Recent emergency responses

    Recent emergency responses

    Learn how SOS Children’s Villages helps separated and unaccompanied children and families during emergency situations.

  • Emergency news

    Emergency news

    Read the latest news on our coordinated responses to protect children and families in humanitarian emergencies.