To give every child, every chance we're working with:
OUR STRATEGY 2021–2023
We have seen unprecedented progress in the fight against global poverty in recent decades, but we have a lot of work to do if we’re going to protect that progress against emerging challenges.
A pioneer of child sponsorship
In the beginning, the Foster Parents Scheme for Children in Spain asked British people to donate one shilling a day to provide a child with food and shelter. They also asked them to write letters and send photos to the child, to show them that someone cared about them.
This was the beginning of what we now call child sponsorship. Today, 71,000 children in 41 countries are being supported by sponsors around the world through Plan International UK.
Why we're needed
12 million girlsare married before the age of 18 each year
263 million childrenadolescents and youth are out of school worldwide
2 out of 3 girlsin the UK have been sexually harassed in public
Our policy and campaigning work
Through our policy, advocacy and research we’re able to influence governments globally, to realise the rights of children and young people and to promote gender equality and girls’ rights.
We use the evidence and learning from our research and programmes to enable young people to take a stand on the issues that matter most to them – including through our Because I am a Girl campaign, tackling issues from child marriage and sexual exploitation at work to street harassment.
At Plan International UK, we come to work each day to make sure every child has the same chance in life. We won’t stop until every child can thrive and every girl has a fair, just world to grow up in – a vital step in building a better world for all children.
It’s our people’s passion, commitment, expert knowledge and skills that enable us to create lasting change for children and we’re proud to have young people at the heart of what we do.
Safeguarding children and adults
Plan International UK exists to help children and young people, and we therefore take their safeguarding very seriously.
We have well established systems and policies, including training for all our employees, to ensure that we do everything we can to safeguard the children and young people we work with, and that we provide a safe working environment for everyone.
Our commitment to all children
Plan International UK is committed to ensuring that all children and young people, whatever their identity or circumstances, can access their rights.
This includes the rights of trans children and young people. We are therefore committed to being trans inclusive in our work, and as an employer. This enables us to achieve our mission – to achieve children’s rights and equality for girls - more fully.
Protecting every child’s right to an education and challenging the barriers that keep girls out of school.
Improving access to healthcare, clean water and toilets and protecting girls’ health rights.
Working with girls, their families and communities to end child marriage around the world.
Working with girls and their communities to protect future generations from FGM.
Supporting children and their families to gain financial stability and secure a brighter future.
Young people across the world are battling more frequent and extreme weather and climate conditions, which are destroying crops, homes and livelihoods.
Protecting children in times of crisis and helping communities prepare for future disasters.
Addressing inequalities facing UK girls through ground-breaking reports and programmes.