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Policy & Positions

Let’s Work to End Child Immigration Detention

Ahead of the 2017 European Forum on the Rights of the Child, which is focusing on children deprived of liberty and alternatives to detention, Terre des Hommes has coordinated a position on paper detailing why European Union member states must end child immigration detention for good. The paper also details alternatives to detention which help both child refugees and migrants and host countries alike, and is signed by 49 influential civil society organisations and UN agencies.

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Working Document on Child Rights in the Global Compacts

Read the recommendations by the Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts for protecting, promoting and implementing the human rights of children on the move in the Global Compacts. The working document analyses how key commitments to child rights outlined in the New York Declaration can be transformed in actions. Read the syntheses of the recommendations here.

Child Rights Bridging Papers – second edition

The second edition of the Child Rights Bridging Papers comprises a series of 6 papers which analyse specificities affecting children on the move. The papers were commented at the Civil Society Days of the Global Forum on Migration and Development that took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in December 2016, check them out:

All documents are available in English, Spanish and French here

The 9 Recommended Principles on Children on the Move

The 9 Recommended Principles guide actions concerning children on the move, aiming to influence policy makers and other stakeholders responsible for implementing measures that affect the rights and needs of these children.

Also available in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Bangla and Bahasa here.


Terre des Hommes position on child labour

On 25 September 2015, Heads of State from 193 countries launched the Post-2015 Global Development Agenda, adopting 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 specific targets to be implemented worldwide over a decade and a half – 2015 to 2030.

Targets 8.7 and 16.2 direct focus is on eliminating the worst forms of child labour by 2025:


• Goal 8.7 Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025  end child labour in all its forms;

•Goal 16.2. End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children. Our work to end the worst forms of child labour, contributes directly to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Terre des Hommes believes that all worst forms of child labour should be abolished and

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Child Safeguarding Policy

Terre des Hommes’ Child Safeguarding Policy reaffirms and strengthens our commitment as an organisation towards keeping children safe and protecting them from all forms of harm and abuse. The protection of children, the promotion of their well-being and upholding children’s rights are the foundation of our work.

Children separated from their families: the Appeal of NGOs to the UN

Terre des Hommes International Federation has endorsed the Appeal, signed by 40 non-governmental organisations and networks, convinced that a UN Resolution on family care to be adopted at the 2014 UN General Assembly can bring an added-value in improving laws and policies that stengthen the capacities of parents and caregivers to better care and protect children. As recalled by the Appeal, progress made by States in such laws and policy are to be evaluated in the light of the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2009.

Read and download the Appeal Calling for a focus on strengthening family care and providing appropriate alternative care for children in the 2014 UNGA resolution on the rights of the child: NGOs Appeal on 2014 UNGA child rights resolution

Protect my Future : a series of papers on “Child Protection in the post-MDG Agenda”

The development community is discussing new objectives on how to eradicate poverty. This is the so called “€œPost 2015 MDG Agenda”€. Terre des Hommes believe that Child Protection and child rights must receive due policy priority in this Agenda. This is an ambitious objective that needs common efforts by child rights defenders. Under the lead work of the NGO “€œFamily for Evey Child”€, a group of NGOs joined efforts to produce a series of six thematic position papers aimed at influencing the post-MDG agenda. Terre des Hommes contributed to that common work. We invite any organisation involved in the post-MDG debate to make use of them to promote development based on child rights.

You can download the thematic papers here:


Submission for the Committee on the Rights of the Child

Day of General Discussion on “€œThe Rights of All Children in the Context of International Migration”€

This submission addresses points on both the topics proposed in the Guidelines for the 2012 Day of General Discussion, focusing in particular on the second set of questions raised: national level measures to implement the rights of children in international migration situations in countries of origin, transit and destination.


Written statement submitted by the TDHIF to the Human Rights Council 19th session of the HRC


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