Children in Central and Southeast Europe are particularly vulnerable in the current fragile social and political context. The number and vulnerability of refugee and migrant children has increased with the migration crisis and frontline workers in the region often lack the qualifications and resources to cope with this challenge. From our regional office in Budapest, we coordinate numerous projects and partnerships to protect children on the move and to improve the capacities of protection professionals.

What we do


Together with our partners, we support refugee and migrant children and families along their way by providing emergency assistance and information. We also create safe spaces for children where they can play and get some rest. Our team advocates across the region for child-friendly migration policies and within our PRO-JUS project for upholding the rights of all children in administrative and judicial proceedings. Our specialists train and support professionals that work with migrant children to improve their protection.

Child protection

The Child Protection Hub is a vibrant community of child protection specialists committed to transform lives of children in Southeast Europe. ChildHub empowers professionals to learn, advocate and collaborate together - and achieve more than they could ever accomplish alone. With regular conferences and workshops as well as an interactive website available in six languages, it brings together professionals, academia and policy makers, to share ideas and experiences, receive training and easily access a broad range of resources. More than 3000 child protection members make up this growing community.


In partnership with Universities of Bedfordshire and CELCIS (UK), Terre des hommes is elaborating a new professional development course for social work. We develop e-training courses on child participation, professional supervision, multi-agency child protection and participatory practices working with children affected by sexual violence.

Juvenile justice

Terre des hommes is developing an online game with and for children that helps raise awareness among them about their rights in civil, administrative and criminal judicial proceedings and promotes child-friendly justice practices. Our team is also working on the rights of foreign children to interpretation, information and access to legal representation in criminal proceedings. A new project promotes alternative measures to detention through research, training and advocacy.

"Our advocacy strategy is based on close collaboration with a large number of national and European partners, but also and above all by giving a voice to the most vulnerable children and their families, whose interests are under-represented."

Pierre Cazenave, Tdh Regional Advisor for Child Rights


Terre des hommes in Hungary

Beneficiaries 2016


2347 people

Expatriate / local employees


1 / 9

Budget 2017


CHF 2'086,000.-




Where we work

Supported by


Opening of Terre des hommes’ regional office in Hungary.
Launch of Child Protection Hub for South East Europe.

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Making an impact for children: Annual Report 2017
Thematic Policy - Enhancing child protection systems
Thematic Policy 2014 - Restorative Juvenile Justice

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