Who we are

We are a global charity working to protect children who have lost parental care, or who are at risk of losing it. We work with communities, partners and governments to ensure the rights of all children, in every society, are fulfilled.
 

Our mission

We build families for children in need, we help them shape their own futures, and we share in the development of their communities.

What makes us unique?

Since 1968, SOS Children’s Villages UK has been guided by a basic principle: a loving home for every child. Part of an international federation of 135 members, we are the largest charity working with unsupported children.

As a non-denominational and apolitical charity, we always respect the religions and cultures of the local communities where we work.

We believe that the best way to help more children attain better living conditions and life outcomes is to encourage decision-making authorities to develop policy that protects the rights of children.
A loving family for life
Every child deserves a secure home. We work with families to reduce the risk of breakdown that could leave children without parental support. But when children have no access to family, we give them and their siblings a safe home. Each home is headed by a trained caregiver who raises each child with the individual care and attention they need.
A supportive community
We have more than 550 village communities around the world providing loving homes for children who have lost parental support, or are at risk of losing it, due to conflict, disease, extreme poverty, abandonment or natural disasters. The children we support have access to medical facilities, and schools, so they can grow up in a safe and supportive environment.
A bright future for all 
We believe every child should have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. Working through individual development plans, we offer them the skills and education they need from cradle to career. Our holistic approach ensures the whole person is developed and equipped to join and contribute to their communities, helping them lead fulfilling lives.
Emergency relief
Our global presence means we are already in-country when disaster strikes. In emergencies we deliver essential supplies, psychosocial care, family reunion, and safe spaces for children to recuperate. We also ensure communities are given help to rebuild infrastructure and resiliance - empowering families to regain control of their lives after war and disaster.