For children, their rights and equitable development

Policy & Positions

A welcomed proposal to prevent and combat child sexual abuse online: our feedback

Terre des Hommes (TDH) strongly welcomes and supports the European Commission proposed Regulation to prevent and combat child sexual abuse (the Regulation). Child sexual abuse material (CSAM) and online child sexual exploitation (OCSE) remain a critical issue, with their prevalence having exploded in 20211. Evidence shows that current measures are not sufficient to protect children from online harm. The Regulation is a step in the right direction to ensure accountability of platforms in preventing the dissemination of CSAM and OCSE.

TDH works and advocates for the prevention of all forms of online violence against children, particularly situations where children are at risk of exploitation and abuse. In our recent research with 141 children across 10 countries in Asia, the EU and Latin America, children voiced their need for safety measures to be taken by online platforms.

“We need more visible regulations and safety features” (13 year old boy, Estonia)

Read the full feedback here.

Terre des Hommes position on child labour

With the global upheaval of new forms of work in a highly technologized and agile economy that leads to the disappearance of traditional workplaces through processes of rationalization, automation and digitalization the number of children involved in the worst forms of child labour may increase.

Terre des Hommes aims to contribute to the abolition of the worst forms of child labour and to the creation of fruitful life perspectives for these children across the world in all stages of their life pursuant to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

Read our position here.

UN must admonish Saudi-led coalition for continued child deaths in Yemen – TDH

Terre des Hommes is calling for the United Nations to add the Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting in Yemen to the list of actors who have failed to take measures to protect children and continue to violate children’s rights in armed conflicts.

Read our letter here.


Terre des Hommes is deeply concerned over anti-NGO laws spreading across Central and Eastern Europe. Legitimate civil society organisations are hindered in their work, deprived of funding and at risk of being dissolved. Read our position here.

International Civil Society Organisations (ICSOs): “We must and will do better”


Terre des Hommes has endorsed a joint statement on ICSO’s responsibilities concerning staff behaviour, committing to further developing and enforcing their ethical standards.

Read the position here
For more on Terre des Hommes’ standards, please see here
Read Terre des Hommes’ Child Safeguarding Measures to see how we keep the children we work with safe

EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027: Invest in children

Terre des Hommes, together with Child Fund Alliance, Plan International, Save the Children, Sos Children’s Villages, World Vision and UNICEF, have produced a position paper calling on the EU to invest efficiently and adequately in children in its next budget cycle.

See the full position paper here



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.

Click here to read the policy paper in it’s entirety


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.


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