Protecting children in emergencies

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

In situations of war and disaster, children need specific protection and care. With our established global infrastructure, network of partners and trusted recognition as a reliable partner in quality care, we launch emergency response programmes for children and families who need urgent assistance. Our emergency response teams have helped children at risk in more than 150 humanitarian situations around the world.

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 water and hygiene (WASH), depending on the need.
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.