live with a family that cares for them
live in a safe and clean environment
have nutrition and healthcare
play and rest
give their opinion and be listened to
Yet 220 million children, 1 in 10 of the world's children, are not having their rights fulfilled. They are growing up alone.
Being alone is not just about having people around. It's about being listened to. It's about having a supportive community and friends. It's about feeling connected.
It's about knowing that you have someone who cares for you.
children are growing up without the loving care they need
children have lost one or both parents
children are living in extreme poverty
of the world's refugees are children
The absence of a stable, protective family exposes children to multiple risk factors. Their physical, psychological and social development may be hindered by insufficient nutrition, no access to education or health care, and lack of the emotional connection and support that every child needs.
Without a caring and protective parent, a child is more vulnerable to neglect, abuse, discrimination, exploitation and poverty.
Research has even demonstrated that the lack of love, care and support of a caregiver also impairs the development of a child's brain.
Children who suffer from a lack of sufficient care:
are more prone to depression and substance abuse later on
do less well at school
have a higher rate of attempted suicide
are more likely to struggle with focusing and developing social skills
do not develop the resilience to cope with inevitable adversity
are more likely to experience health issues
are less likely to access the public support system
Ensure that children have the care and support they need from birth until they are ready to live independently as adults.
Strengthen families to prevent family break-up and ensure suitable quality alternative care for children who have lost parental care.
Ensure that children experience love, support and stable relationships early on to foster their intellectual and emotional development and resilience.
Support young people throughout adolescence, helping them to build their employability and life skills so they can successfully transition to independence.
When children can count on quality care and support, they can develop to reach their full potential and become contributing members of society. An investment in care for children at risk of growing up alone makes the world a better place - for them, for society and for the generations to come. This is the Care Effect. And this is how it works: