A sobering new report details, for the first time, the shocking levels of physical, emotional and sexual violence, as well as neglect faced by children living in the Pacific and Timor Leste.


A sobering new report details, for the first time, the shocking levels of physical, emotional and sexual violence, as well as neglect faced by children living in the Pacific and Timor Leste.

You can take these actions for justice:

  1.  Read the UNSEEN, UNSAFE Report
  2.  Sign our petition to put children the heart of Australian Aid

Child Rights Child Protection Children and Youth Participation in Advocacy End Violence against children

Every child deserves to feel safe at home, at school and in the community. But sadly, millions of children in our region experience violence. - Claire Rogers CEO, World Vision Australia


It’s time to put child protection at the heart of everything we do. We know what works to reduce violence, for example, program to change harmful norms in communities, school education focusing on respectful relationships, the establishment of safe houses and creation of a strong child protection workforce. We can end violence but it will take a targeted investment to do so.   

Sign the petition to put child rights 
at the heart of Australian aid


Dear The Hon. Alex Hawke MP, Minister for International Development and the Pacific and Mr Pat Conroy MP,  Shadow Minister for International Development and the Pacific,

Please put children at the heart of Australia’s aid programs.

A child’s first 1,000 days of life shape their lifelong health, cognitive development and growth. Childhood poverty often leads to stunting and mental health, behavioural and social problems. Investing in children early limits intergenerational poverty and illness. I urge you to make the following reforms to Australian aid a top priority:

  1. Create a dedicated Child Rights Unit to mainstream children’s rights across Australian Aid Programs
  2. Introduce Child Impact Assessments to measure and regularly report on our contribution to protecting the world's most vulnerable children
This action will uphold Australia’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to leave no child behind. Australian aid must have a child wellbeing indicator because what gets measured gets done.

Yours Faithfully

By signing the petition for child rights I'm stepping up my fight for justice by challenging systematic causes of poverty and inequality here and around the world.  Please email me opportunities to raise my voice and take similar actions with World Vision.

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More about our work protecting children's
rights and how you can help!

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The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has not been directly incorporated into Australian law as a whole. - Children and their Rights Policy


Children and their rights

Children are entitled to special care and assistance and also entitled to exercise their right to participate in matters affecting them.

Most vulnerable children
We focus our work on reaching and supporting children who live in catastrophic situations and relationships characterised by violence, abuse, neglect, exploitation, exclusion and discrimination.

We seek improved learning outcomes, particularly for the most vulnerable children, through high-quality and inclusive education at all stages of the life cycle.

Maternal and newborn child health
We affirm that all people, including women and children, should be well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services, regardless of where they live.

Young people
We recognise the importance of supporting and working with young people to ensure their voice, ideas and actions have a platform and can contribute to positive change and to building peaceful societies.

HOME: Drawings by Syrian Children


A collection of drawings by Syrian children, the most vulnerable victims of a brutal civil war, curated by Archibald Prize winner Ben Quilty, with a Foreword by Man Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan. 

Ben Quilty has assembled this heartbreaking and awe-inspiring collection of drawings by Syrian children. These drawings form an extraordinary testament to the resilience of a generation of survivors whose childhood has been shaped by the worst war of our century. Their art speaks directly to us all as human beings, and we have an obligation to listen closely and seriously.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will directly support World Vision’s Child Friendly Spaces, early childhood and basic education projects in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

Get your copy now (Penguin Books RRP $45)

HOME by Ben Quilty - Syrian Children's Drawings Refugee Children Kids Drawings War Conflict Displacement Asylum Seekers

We should not look away from these children's pictures. They have things to say, and it is time we looked, and it is time we listened. - Richard Flanagan

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Why we should and how we can prioritise children in Australian Aid

Children First

World Vision has a bold plan for the Australian Government to ensure that at least 80% of Australian Aid investments, regardless of their objectives, effectively support, protect and empower children. 


  1. children are more likely to live in poverty than adults;
  2. children experience inequality and poverty in different ways than adults;
  3. children have the right to be heard and listened to; and
  4. children have the right to be protected.

Read our Recommendations to the Government: Children First (PDF 586KB)

Send a girl to school


A decent education is every child's right. 

According to the first target of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals, all young people should complete upper secondary school by 2030. Around the world, only 43% of young people did so in the period 2008-14.

You can help with that.

Send a girl to school


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“Extremists have shown what frightens them most: a girl with a book.” - Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace Prize Winner