Over 40% of Romania’s population is exposed to poverty and social exclusion, while violence at home, discrimination, inequitable access to education are experienced by many children. To prevent violations of children’s rights and better assist child victims, Tdh strengthens the child protection and justice systems. We also offer community integrated services and psychosocial support, and encourage child and youth participation as well as social inclusion.


What we do

Child Protection

Tdh takes a coherent set of actions to protect children against abuse, neglect, and exploitation. We mobilise communities to prevent risk situations and train multi-disciplinary professionals (social workers, teachers, etc.)to better protect children. Building the resilience of children and youth, and ensuring their participation in decision-making are key elements of our work. To improve the lives of disadvantaged children in Romania, we invest in education, health, social services and infrastructure.

Children and Youth in Migration

In Romania, children are affected by migration in various ways: children migrate together with their parents, or are left behind by them; some children are returning home or coming to Romania from war-torn countries; other children are without parental care and in need of protection in EU countries. Together with our partners, we ensure the enrolment of Roma migrant children in the education system of the countries where they move to. To facilitate the integration of refugee children in Romania, we engage them in educational, social, mentoring and sports activities, and connect them to local youth.

Access to Justice

Terre des hommes actively pleads for an efficient juvenile justice system that makes use of diversion, probation, rehabilitation, restorative justice and support for children and young people deprived of liberty. We are developing specific methodologies and tools for professionals who work with children in conflict with the law. The goal is to develop friendly practices for children and to provide support with an emphasis on improved mental health and resilience. We raise awareness in order to prevent and combat public misconceptions about youth and children in conflict with the law and to promote their rights.


"I would like to become a pilot, but I know that you need to get good grades and study a lot," says Marius, delighted by his visit to the Bucharest airport control tower during 'Takeover day'.

Marius, Tdh beneficiary in Romania


Terre des hommes in Romania

Beneficiaries 2019


17,815 people

Expatriate / local employees


1 / 17

Budget 2020


CHF 1,625,975.-




Where we work

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Start of Terre des hommes' work in Romania to protect the most vulnerable children. We offer social and financial support for mothers in difficulty to prevent child abandonment.
Launch of a programme to protect and reintegrate children in conflict with the law by providing legal and social aid, and training for child welfare professionals.
Beginning of a partnership to promote the respect of the rights of children with HIV.
Legislative changes in Romania allowing Tdh to provide child protection training to key players belonging to national institutions. Romania also becomes part of our regional project to fight child trafficking in Eastern Europe.
Launching of TakeOver Day in Romania, which takes place yearly in November. Until 2018, more than 20.000 children participated in the event, taking over more than 100 different jobs.
Start of a six-year project working on Roma inclusion by improving access to education, health care, housing, and employment.
Tdh opened an office in Bacau County, one of the poorest regions in Europe, and started to improve the education, health, and social services and infrastructure there.
Tdh implemented 13 projects in Romania. We are the first NGO in Romania to start working with sports federations and clubs on improving child safeguarding in sports.

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Annual Report 2020
Thematic Policy - Enhancing child protection systems
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