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As the youngest European country, Kosovo is still in need for support in developing an integrated child protection system to effectively prevent and respond to violations of children's rights. Tdh improves the implementation of children’s rights in the child protection and justice systems to ensure that all children are better protected.

What we do

Child Protection

We advocate for and support policy and service improvement, focusing on the implementation of the Law on Child Protection and on the provision of specialised child protection services. To achieve a fully functioning system, our team trains child protection professionals to respond to the needs of children at risk. We have developed a model of specialised services for children in street situations and established the first day care centre in Kosovo for them. Together with our partners, we empower children and their families and mobilise communities to better protect children.

Children and youth in migration

Poverty, exclusion, and the lack of quality services drive people to emigrate. These families and children run great risks along the way, at their destination or upon return to Kosovo. We help returned migrants to reintegrate and improve their living conditions. We encourage children to attend school and our after-school activities. We promote social inclusion of the most vulnerable groups, including Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities. As a country of origin, transit and destination of human trafficking victims, Kosovo plays an important role in tackling this problem. We work on strengthening the national and transnational mechanisms of cooperation in the Balkans to identify victims and potential victims of trafficking.

Access to Justice

The new Juvenile Justice Code in Kosovo requires the application of an integrated protection system for children in conflict with the law and promoted diversion measures. In collaboration with institutions, we are linking child protection and juvenile justice by developing administrative instructions deriving from Juvenile Justice Code and the new Law on Child Protection to ensure that children in conflict with the law are better protected. Our team trains professionals who work with children in conflict with the law and organises exchanges of knowledge and experience between governmental institutions in Kosovo and various European countries.

 

 
 

Terre des hommes, helping the children of Kosovo.

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Shkurte Gashi, is well reintergrated in Kosovo.

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Terre des hommes in Kosovo

Beneficiaries 2019

 

3848 people

Expatriate / local employees

 

0 / 16

Budget 2020

 

CHF 655,870.-

 

 

 

Where we work

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Timeline

2000
Terre des hommes launches its first project in Kosovo, in the Mitrovicë/Mitrovica and Svejan areas, to help children overcome the trauma of war.
2002
Beginning of the juvenile justice project in Prishtina/Priština to support young people who have turned to delinquency as a result of the conflict and help them reintegrate in society.
2005
In collaboration with Tdh Albania, assistance is provided to Albanian children who are forced to beg or commit offences in the streets of cities in Kosovo.
2010
Tdh starts to build a Child Protection Safety Net to protect children against neglect, abuse, delinquency, trafficking and exploitation.
2015
Tdh Kosovo becomes a partner of the regional initiative - Child Protection Hub for South East Europe.
2016
Tdh begins the work on the reintegration of migrant families returning to Kosovo and on prevention of unsafe migration.
2018
Tdh restarts its efforts to improve the juvenile justice field in Kosovo.
2019
Tdh had the lead in the drafting of the new Law on Child Protection jointly with the Prime Minister Office, which gets approved by the Parliament.
2019
Establishment and opening of the day care centre for children in street situations, in cooperation with Pristina Municipality.

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Making an impact for Children: Annual report 2019
Tdh Magazine No. 36 - Kosovo: Back into Childhood
Thematic Policy - Enhancing child protection systems

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