Terre des Hommes organisations are accountable to several different bodies and entities: children for delivering quality work and monitoring its impact; donors for ensuring that funds are spent in an efficient way in accordance with human rights standards; and stakeholders for implementing ethical principles and endeavouring to provide accurate information and messages. Terre des Hommes organisations are legally registered in their own countries and abide by binding national codes of conduct and accountability mechanisms which are monitored by independent bodies.
Terre des Hommes International Federation is a founding Member of Accountable Now, a cross-sectoral platform of international civil society organisations. Together, we strive to be transparent, responsive to stakeholders and focused on delivering impact. Terre des Hommes International Federation has signed the 10 Accountability Commitments and applies them throughout the organisation. We report annually according to the Accountable Now Reporting Guidelines to an Independent Review Panel. Learn more in Terre des Hommes’ Accountability Reports.
Child Safeguarding Measures
Terre des Hommes pays special attention to the implementation of Child Safeguarding Measures in order to guarantee the maximum protection of children with whom Terre des Hommes and its partners come into contact and prevent all forms of abuse, be it physical, psychological or sexual. Preventive and protective measures include a reporting mechanism, internal investigations, and alerting legal authorities in the countries concerned when necessary. In 2015, Terre des Hommes managed 11 allegations three of which involved other children, six of which involved partner staff, and two of which involved care givers or members of the child community. All cases were closely followed while prioritising the child’s best interests and well-being. At the end of the year, five cases were considered closed.
All Terre des Hommes organisations have adopted a Child Safeguarding Policy and are progressively implementing the child safeguarding standards. Organisations are at different stages of the implementation process and benefit from learning synergies within the TDHIF and with the Keeping Children Safe Network . Implementation of the policy includes better integration of views and opinions of children, specific recruitment measures, risk assessments, training workshops, and coaching for its own staff and that of partner. Terre des Hommes was awarded Level 1 certification for safeguarding children following an assessment by Keeping Children Safe.