The fragile economic, social and political context in some European countries makes children particularly vulnerable. Through its regional and national projects, Terre des hommes (Tdh) works towards the full realisation of children's rights, with a focus on protecting children who are affected by migration, violence, conflict and other emergencies, as well as children in contact with the justice system.
Tdh supports countries in developing and strengthening comprehensive and well-coordinated child protection systems. Increase the capacity of actors working for the well-being of children and the protection of their rights. At regional or local level, our projects promote the participation, empowerment and resilience of children and young people, in particular through psychosocial support interventions such as movement, games, sport and creativity activities, and participatory arts initiatives using the YouCreate methodology. We also mobilise communities and educate families to create safe and caring environments for children and young people.
Whether children in Europe are on the move, at destination, returned to their home country or are left behind by migrating parents, we make sure that they are protected, have access to their rights and are treated without any discrimination. We support integration and provide educational opportunities, as well as safe spaces where children can improve their well-being, gain skills and exert their agency. Together with our partners, we help refugee children and their families with emergency assistance and information. Our team advocates for child-friendly migration policies on a European and international level, while empowering children and young people to claim their rights through participation in campaigns such as Destination Unknown.
We encourage states in Europe to provide effective access to justice for children in contact with the justice system. We support non-custodial measures for children and of stronger procedural safeguards. With our partners, we promote the use of restorative justice in cases involving children, either as victims or suspects/offenders. Through innovative participatory methodologies, we empower children to advocate for their own rights. At regional level, we facilitate the sharing of best practices and learning, awareness-raising and advocacy for child-friendly justice. We also support the creation of the Barnahus multi-disciplinary service that provides care for child victims and witnesses of violence and abuse.
The war in Ukraine has a devastating impact on children and families, forcing more than 14 million people to leave their homes. Tdh helps internally displaced people in Western Ukraine and those who fled to Moldova, Romania and Hungary. Our teams assess and respond to the basic, health, protection and psychological needs of children, youth and families. We created child-friendly spaces and mother-baby corners and organise psychosocial activities. To help people stay safe, we inform them about available services and raise awareness of potential risks. We support and train frontline workers and work with authorities to coordinate the emergency response.