Unicef is the world’s leading organisation working for children and child rights.

It was created by the United Nations in December 1946, after World War II, to provide food, clothing and healthcare to European children who faced famine and disease. 

In 1953 the UN General Assembly extended Unicef's mandate indefinitely. We now work in more than 190 countries with families, local communities, business partners and governments, to help every child reach their full potential.

We're ready to respond rapidly when emergencies strike, delivering life-saving help for children within 48 hours. In everything we do, the most vulnerable children have priority.

In the UK, Unicef UK raises funds for emergency and development work, and works to change government policies that restrict child rights in the UK and abroad. 

Unicef is the only organisation specifically named in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as a source of expert assistance and advice on which governments can call. 

Unicef UK was founded in 1956 and is a registered charity. We are funded by voluntary contributions and receive no funding from the UN budget.

Thanks to our supporters, Unicef UK raised £95 million for our work with children in 2011, including over £48 million to help children in emergencies.