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Displaced children: “Never underestimate people’s capacity for compassion”

Tuesday 6 October 2015 by Esther Press

Every day in my job, I’m confronted by images and stories of awful things that are happening a long way away from my office.

Some of them, like the photos poor Alan Kurdi’s lifeless body, will stay with me forever.

But if you spend long enough staring at a computer screen, everything starts to seem a bit unreal. And even when I’m dealing with things that I care about deeply – things that I know are a matter of life and death – it’s so easy to feel disconnected from what’s actually going on.

It was inspiring for me to see how much the world was shaken into action by that image. I just hope that, among all the horror and fearmongering, people are taking the time to think about the humans this is affecting – humans like Alan; humans like you and I.

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Born to Read: Improving the lives of UK children through reading

Wednesday 30 September 2015 by Guest blogger

Our Born to Read programme is two years old this week. Our dedicated volunteers have helped nearly 6,000 children improve their reading, confidence and relationship-building skills.

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Sustainable Development Goals: Not Just a Piece of Paper

Tuesday 29 September 2015 by Justin Forsyth

The Sustainable Development Goals agreed in New York by world leaders are a pivotal moment in history.

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“Just because we can’t help everybody, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t help somebody”

Friday 25 September 2015 by Kirsty McNeill

Save the Children is particularly concerned about the children who have made it to Europe all alone. We think the government should offer 3,000 of these children a second chance at safety in Britain. The government has argued that children are safe once they are in Europe. But this is wrong. Lone children are at risk of exploitation and abuse and our campaign to get 3,000 of them to safety

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#nutritionreport: It’s time to put our health at the heart of food systems

Tuesday 22 September 2015 by Fran Roberts

One in three people are not benefiting from the food they need. When the failure is this big, it can only mean one thing: there are serious problems with the systems that bring us our food.

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Scotland: Quality early learning vital to close attainment gap

Tuesday 22 September 2015 by Neil Mathers

This week the Scottish government announced its Programme for Government 2015-16, which sets out the ambition to ‘close the attainment gap completely’ and to put that goal at the heart of their agenda.

As an organisation that has been highlting the impact of poverty on children’s eduaction, we wholeheartedly agree with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s statement that ‘tackling inequalities must start early’.

Save the Children in Scotland wants to see ambitious solutions that go ‘beyond the school gates’ that recognise and encourage the vital role that families play in their children’s learning. With extra focus and investment, schools and communities can support families to overcome these disadvantages.

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Refugee crisis: “The water was coming inside the dinghy – I thought we would drown”

Thursday 17 September 2015 by Voices from the Field

It’s my job to make sure that children are protected.

But here in Greece, children are facing all kinds of threats. Most of them come from countries torn apart by violence, death and destruction. Many have witnessed or heard of the death or injury of family members, neighbours, or friends.

Many have not been to school for years, or received the vaccines they need. And too many arrive in Europe only to fall victim again to traffickers.

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Child refugee crisis: Europe needs a plan

Tuesday 15 September 2015 by Dorothy Sang

I’m British, but my mother’s side of the family is Russian. They fled to the UK during the violent turbulence of the Russian revolution and never looked back. They found a safe home in the UK, and a new future.

I have never needed to justify why I, the grandchild of ‘immigrants’, am here. Nor has my mother, or her mother.

It’s fortunate that they fled so many years ago – as nearly 100 years on, a refugee crisis is happening on our doorstep, and Europe is failing to agree a plan to help.

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Why we must address the root causes of the refugee crisis

Monday 14 September 2015 by Martha Mackenzie

EU Ministers are meeting today to agree a collective response to the refugee crisis.

Writing in The Times (£), Save the Children – alongside ActionAid, CAFOD, Christian Aid, and Oxfam – has called on the EU to seize this opportunity and not only agree a comprehensive response to the escalating refugee crisis in Europe, but also address its root cause in Syria.

Millions inside Syria are struggling, with Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt overwhelmed by refugees.

The leaders of five of the UK’s biggest aid agencies have come together to call for a collective, international response that puts the rights of the Syrian people at its heart – wherever they are.

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Child refugee crisis: now is the time to say “never again”

Thursday 10 September 2015 by Voices from the Field

The devastating photo of little Alan Kurdi, washed up on the shores of Turkey, has shifted government policy across Europe and sparked acts of solidarity across the continent.

But for those of us working in Greece, one of the frontlines of this crisis, this tragedy is not unexpected.

Children are drowning in the Mediterranean; this was already widely known. That it took a photo to push change creates mixed feelings for those of us supporting children in danger every single day.

Feelings of relief that something is changing; anger and dismay that this is what it takes to make this change.

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