Children's Rights Organisations

There are several organisations that work with children’s rights, on the global, national, regional and/or local levels. Those mentioned here are a selection of the main global organisations, often with regional/local offices.


Childhood is a children’s rights organisation that primarily works with groups who are at the greatest risk of exposure to violence and sexual abuse. They have local offices in Brazil, Germany, Sweden and the USA, and work on local projects around the world. Their focus areas are a protective family environment, promoting protection from exploitation in the travel and tourism industry, ensuring safety of children when online, and making social and legal systems child friendly. Read more.

ECPAT International is a network of local civil society organisations and coalitions in 93 countries with one common mission: to eliminate the sexual exploitation of children. ECPAT conducts cutting-edge research and coordinates evidence-based advocacy at all levels to strengthen national justice and protection systems and increase investment in the fight against sexual exploitation of children. The ECPAT International Secretariat is based in Bangkok, Thailand. Read more.

Plan International is a development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. They see clear links between fulfilling children’s rights, achieving gender equality and ending child poverty. Some of their focus areas are education, sexual health and rights, early childhood, and youth activism. Plan International is active in over 70 countries across the world. Read more.

Save the Children comprises Save the Children International and 28 member organisations working to deliver change for children in 120 countries. They provide humanitarian aid, improve children’s access to food, healthcare and quality education and protect the world’s most vulnerable children. They focus on building long-term, mutually beneficial strategic partnerships with the private sector. Read more.

SOS Children’s Villages is the largest non-governmental organisation focused on supporting children without parental care and families at risk. They work with communities and state partners to provide children with loving and supportive alternative care, training and education. They focus on key areas such as poverty, inequality, education, health, social and child protection, and decent work. Read more.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is a United Nations (UN) program that works in 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfil their potential. They work closely with multi-national corporations, national companies and small- to medium-sized businesses to identify, design and implement alliances that leverage the strengths of the corporate sector on behalf of the world’s children. Read more.