Our values

ChildHope believes that children should enjoy a safe and secure childhood, but for those growing up in the toughest circumstances, these rights are denied. Born into extreme poverty and violence, they have no protection. We work with local partners to ensure these children’s voices are heard, their rights are upheld, and they are able to access essential services. The children we work with may live and work on the street, be at risk of trafficking or child marriage, victims of abuse or sexual exploitation, working on rubbish dumps or in trouble with the law. Children with disabilities are more likely to be stigmatised, abused, exploited, or neglected.We work to ensure the most marginalised and hard to reach children are included and participate in our work that supports them.

We believe every child has potential. There are strengths within children, their families, friendships, and communities. Policies and systems can be changed, to protect children and give them a better future. By strengthening the net of support around the child we aim to ensure these children are protected and can thrive.


We strongly believe in a partnership approach to addressing local issues. Our partnerships enable us to deliver the most sustainable and impactful projects. We work with our partners to develop their agendas, support capacity building and good governance, and nurture long-term relationships. By recognising the expertise of our partners we deliver high impact projects that are supported by local knowledge and local participation.


Children are at the heart of our work. We are committed to involving children in the planning of programmes that affect their lives. Children are the experts in their own lives and can teach us so much about how they believe their problems can be addressed. We work to ensure children are actively participating in project activities and they are included and engaged in the decision-making process.

When choosing our partners, we look for organisations that collaborate with children and are happy to be guided by them. We are committed to creating a world where children’s ideas and ambitions are listened to and where they receive the support they need to realise their dreams and potential.

​Safeguarding and child protection

ChildHope supports children and young people who face the worst forms of injustice, violence, abuse, and hardship in Africa and Asia. Working in high risk situations, children and young adults may be more vulnerable. Through our work, we aim to ensure that all those who come into contact with children and young adults are aware of the duty of care to ensure no harm comes to them. We are committed to child protection and safeguarding, protecting them from harm, exploitation, or abuse while ensuring their well being and rights are protected. Their safety and protection is our priority.

Our Historical Timeline

  1. 1989


    ChildHope UK set up supported by UNICEF and Save The Children (Sweden)

  2. 1990


    Southern Africa Fund to aid street children in South Africa, Uganda, Malawi and Mozambique is obtained

  3. 1993


    ChildHope UK is a founding member of Consortium for Street Children (UK) and shifts focus to education

  4. 1998


    Relationship with Pendekezo Letu (PKL) in Nairobi, our longest continued partner, begins

  5. 2001


    Five new partnerships established: CHADET (Ethiopia), Sathsath (Nepal), Butterflies (India), Aparajeyo (Bangladesh) and Railway Children (India)

  6. 2003


    Refocused working relationships, strengthening the scope for partners to lead programmes

  7. 2005


    Ceased all work in Central and Eastern Europe

  8. 2007


    Coalition with eight NGOs to reduce violence against women and children is formed

  9. 2008


    Refocus goals to work with boys, girls and youth under 25 years

  10. 2009


    New partnership launched to improve the lives of Bangladeshi garment workers and their children

  11. 2010


    Prioritise educating families and teachers on Child Rights

  12. 2013


    Launch of a major new initiative to support over 16,000 Ethiopian girls through school, partnering with CHADET

  13. 2015


    Renewed commitment to work with extremely marginalized children as part of the Global Commitment to ‘Leave No-One Behind’

  14. 2016


    New strategic framework launched with a greater inclusion of children with disabilities

  15. 2017


    New ‘Lunch & Learn’ Seminar Series launched to strengthen child protection knowledge and practice for UK-based charities and agencies within the international development sector

  16. 2018


    Childhope UK continues to grow connections between Southern partners to extend its protection and safeguarding support and training to other agencies outside of the UK.

In their words

Hear from the children we support and the local partners we work with.


Child Labour Action Research in South and Southeast Asia Project

We are working in Bangladesh and Nepal to understand the key drivers of child labour.

This is a child-focused research project. Child identify challenges to child labour and develop projects to improve their lives. We're working with children to test these projects, to find solutions to child labour and give them more options to avoid exploitative work.

The CLARISSA project


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