Cat Carter

Head of Humanitarian Child Safeguarding

Cat Carter has spent the last ten years travelling to conflict and emergency responses around the world, working with children and families to document their experiences and needs, and supporting Save the Children’s humanitarian responses. 

A specialist in safeguarding children in conflict, Cat has travelled extensively to the Middle East and has responded to conflicts in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Somalia, Gaza, Libya and eastern Ukraine. Cat has also responded to emergencies in Sierra Leone, Indonesia, Nepal, Turkey, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mongolia, Serbia, Jordan, Lebanon, Colombia and Mozambique. Her role as Save the Children's Global Head of Humanitarian Child Safeguarding means she focuses on preventing child sexual exploitation and abuse in emergencies, with a special focus on preventing abuse and harm by NGO workers.
Other key issues Cat has focused on include the targeting of children in war, the impact of conflict on children and their mental health, and the extensive use of child torture in the Syria conflict. 

Cat graduated from the University of Sussex in 2006, and is also a visiting Lecturer at Durham University on their MSc Defence, Development and Diplomacy programme. Cat is currently studying for her MSc in International Criminal Justice and Criminal Psychology, and has been awarded a British Empire Medal for Humanitarian Services.