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Raising awarness about the 9 principles for children on the move

Ignacio kayaking across Budapest

Ignacio of TdhIF on his last lag from Berlin to Vukovar

Ignacio Packer, Secretary General of the Tdh International Federation created his own fundraising campaign to better protect children on the move. He decided to make a physically challenging trip, starting on a bike in Berlin on July 1st 2017, cycling 280 kms to Tisa, Czech Republic, then another 232kms to Pelhrimov (Czech republic), making his way to Vienna on the third day (and another 202 kms). In Vienna he changed into running gear and ran 62 kms to Bratislava on the fourth day than 88 additional kms on the fifth day to reach Komarno (Slovakia), arriving in Budapest On July 6 after another 82 kms of running.

In Budapest we met him, while he was preparing to take the last lag of his journey in a kayak along the Danube, aiming for Dunaföldvár (Hungary), and ending up in Vukovar, Croatia.

This amazing physical effort and accomplishment is made for children in migration, and to raise awareness about the "Recommended Principles for Children on the Move and Other Children affected by Migration".

These principles are a result of a consultative process by a large number of experts from UN agencies, academics, donor agencies and civil society organisations, including Terre des hommes. These principles aim to improve the quality of protection afforded to all Children on the Move and Other Children Affected by Migration and to enhance programming, accountability, advocacy and communication.They are based on the recommendations set out in the Committee on the Rights of the Child’s 2012. As a workable tool, they are intended to address policy makers and other stakeholders and to offer guidance for measures to be taken on the rights and the needs of Children on the Move and Other Children Affected by Migration.

So what are these principles?

1. Children on the move and other children affected by migration shall be considered children first and foremost and their best interests shall be a primary consideration in all actions concerning them.
Children affected by migration should be ensured the same rights as all other children, including birth registration, proof of identity, a nationality and access to education, health care, housing and social protection. Those responsible shall not assume that standard solutions work for all children; rather they are required to conduct individual and family assessments prior to making a durable decision about each child. Children at the border shall not be refused entry without an adequate and individualized analysis of their request and due guarantees consistent with a best interests determination.

2. All children have the right to life, survival and development.
All children have a right to a standard of living adequate for their physical, mental, spiritual, moral, educational and social development. States have a duty to anticipate and prevent harm, including with respect to the triggers of child migration and to invest in robust search and rescue operations to avert harmful migration outcomes, Sustained investment in material and social assistance, and in livelihood opportunities is a critical prerequisite to prevent life threatening journeys and enabling the child to develop.

3. Children have the right to liberty of movement within their State, and to leave their State and any other.
Children have the right to migrate in search of family life, safety or opportunity. In particular, they have a right to flee violence and danger.

4. The detention of children because of their or their parents’migration status constitutes a child rights violation and always contravenes the principle of the best interests of the child.
States should expeditiously and completely cease detention of migration affected children and allow children to remain with family and/or guardians in non-custodial, community-based contexts while their immigration status is being resolved.

5. Children during all phases of migration shall not be separated from their parents or primary caregivers (unless this is in their best interests).
States shall not separate children from their families, for example by instituting onerous and protracted family reunification procedures, denying the portability of accrued social security benefits, detaining irregular migrants accompanied by children, deporting parents of minor citizens, or refusing to allow children to accompany migrant worker parents. Conversely forced expulsion of a child should never be considered an acceptable means of family reunification or assumed automatically to be in the best interests of the child. Any expulsion of a child must be safe, and in the child’s best interests. Where the expulsion concerns a child separated from family, it shall be accompanied and monitored.

6. No Child is Illegal - Children should be protected against all forms of discrimination.
The criminalization and stigmatization of children on the move and other children affected by migration violate this principle. States and other actors should use non-discriminatory terminology when referring to migrants and their children.

7. Child protection systems shall protect all children, including children on the move and children affected by migration.
In their design and implementation, national child protection systems shall take into account the distinctive needs and views of children on the move and other children affected by migration. States shall protect children against exploitation, violence, abuse, and other crimes, and against resorting to crime or sexual  exploitation to meet their basic needs. States and regional organizations have a responsibility to ensure a continuum of protection between local government authorities and States through which children travel, and to promote harmonized protection practices developed by local communities where appropriate.

8.Migration management measures shall not adversely affect children’s human rights.
States shall respect the rights of children guaranteed by international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, including the principle of non-refoulement, and any child specific protection measures. States have a duty to ensure accurate identification of children, to evaluate the impact of laws and policies on children on the move and other children affected by migration and to avoid adverse impacts. Deliberately making transport unsafe to deter migrants from travelling can never be justified. Children require security and stability for healthy development. States that only consider the best interests of the child or grant children authorization to remain on their territory until age 18 have an adverse impact on children’s rights.
9. Children have a right to express their views freely in all matters affecting them and to have their views taken into consideration in accordance with their age, maturity and understanding of the options available.
States shall ensure that children affected by migration, whether or not in their State of origin, have effective access at all stages of migration to quality information and free of charge legal representation, interpretation, and, if they are unaccompanied or separated, to guardianship


You can follow Ignacio's trip on his facebook page.

The work of the University of Bedfordshire's International Center Research child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking

The International Centre within the University of Bedfordshire was established in order to inicrease understanding of and improving responses to, child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking in local, national and international contexts. They conduct rigorous academic research, collaborate on applied social research, disseminate research findings, evidence, policy and practice. They are engaging with children and young people in a meaningful and ethical way.

Their recent blog post introduces what they call "Research Summary Slide Pack" - which provides summaries of 30 different pieces of research. From the slides you can understand the key themes that emerge across multiple projects but also can have an overview of the work of the International Centre. 

Projects included in Edition 2.

Reviews of Policy and Practice

What’s going on to safeguard children from CSE? How local partnerships respond to sexual exploitation – 2011
Exploring the scale and nature of child sexual exploitation in Scotland – 2012
Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation: A study of current practice in London – 2014
Mapping therapeutic services for sexual abuse in the UK – 2015
CSE Definition and Practitioner Briefing Paper – Scotland- 2016
Child sexual exploitation: Definition & Guide for Professionals: Extended Text England- 2017
Rapid Evidence Assessments of outreach, direct work and prevention education in relation to CSE – 2017

Criminal Justice System and Policing

A scoping exercise on gathering evidence of the sexual exploitation of children – 2008
Suffering in Silence: Children and unreported crime – 2014
Making Justice Work: the experiences of victims and witnesses in CSE cases – 2015
Research Briefings on CSA, Neglect, and Policing – 2015
Children and young people’s perspectives on the police’s role in safeguarding -ˇ 2016

Participation and Service Users

Challenging sexual violence in Europe: participatory methods with children -2012
‘Our Voices’ Youth Advisor consultation on sexual violence prevention in Europe – 2015
Responding sensitively to survivors of child sexual abuse -2016
Evaluation of Co-Created Service Delivery Model for Adult Survivors Of CSA – 2016
The participation of young people in child sexual exploitation services – 2016

Forms of Abuse

Breaking the wall of silence: Practitioners’ responses to trafficked children – 2009
‘It’s wrong but you get used to it’ Gang associated sexual exploitation/violence of young people in England – 2013
Developing local responses to peer-on-peer abuse, MSU site work – 2016


Barnardo’s Safe Accommodation Project Evalaution – 2013
Barnardo’s Safe Choices/PSNI Co-located Pilot Initiative Evaluation – 2014
Families and Communities Against Child Sexual Exploitation Evaluation – 2015
The Alexi Project: Evaluating a new model of tackling CSE across England – 2015
The AVA project Evaluation (addressing domestic and sexual violence) – 2016
Nightwatch: CSE in Plain Sight Evaluation- 2016

Looked After Children

Scoping study into safe accommodation for children in care at risk or victims of trafficking or sexual exploitation – 2011


Read the Research Summary Slide Pack

Social Innovation with children

As you may know, the ChildHub project has funding until the end of this year, so the editorial team has started to fundraise for the upcoming three years. We have been discussing with colleagues, partners and experts about ideas and needs that the ChildHub should address. One of the issues that has come up is to foster social change through innovation. 
International organisations have started to do what they call "innovation labs", in order to put together people who are creative and can reinforce each other through a group thinking in order to come up with innovative solutions to known social problems. UNICEF defines innovation lab (based on Labcraft) as:

…a unique kind of laboratory – one that creates a dialogue, listening carefully with an open mind to all the voices, and then tries to translate them, mix them, and amplify them to prototype and develop alternatives. 

UNICEF has a running innovation lab in Kosovo and in Almaty. Both work with young people to come up with innovative solutions that improve the quality of life of children, but in Kosovo the topics range from art, social development to technology, while the one in Kazakhstan focuses on information technology.

Terre des hommes has also started an innovation lab called "FabLab" in a refugee camp in Greece where it is working with young refugees. In this case the FabLab is a physical space where people can access a variety of production tools: young people can learn how to code and use 3D printers and other machines and develop their skills. It is also a meeting point between local youth and young refugees, promoting integration and exchange of ideas.

UNHCR also has innovation labs that fosters new ideas about better protection of refugee children in an urban setting. 

Last, but not least, there is the Be-Novative initiative ran out of Budapest that works with youth in a collaborative way to develop innovative ideas the youth has.

What do you think about youth- or child-led innovation? Do you have examples of such initaitives? Please let us know!


Serious simulation games for further education of professionals at Kent University

Hello, from the Centre for Child Protection at the University of Kent.

This blog is to tell you about the Centre and the innovative approach to teaching and learning myself, Professor David Shemmings and the team have pioneered here in the UK


Professor Jane Reeves                                  Professor David Shemmings                            Vanisha Jassall & Tracee Green

The Centre was launched in 2012 and this Blog will introduce you to the innovative work that the Centre has developed into the use of serious game simulations to upskill professionals into dealing with complex and difficult aspects of child protection practice, but also to help children and young people protect themselves, in particular, from online and face-to-face grooming.  We also run a successful distance learning MA in Advanced Child Protection (now in its 5th year) which trains child protection practitioners from all over the world in excellence in child protection practice, theory and research.  We literally have students from all over the world studying with us, online, from their own countries.


A further part of our success has been our approach to teaching and learning in the complex and difficult topics of child protection.

Professor Shemmings and I wanted, not only to modernise training approaches in child protection but to ensure any approach we developed was impactful, research informed and sustainable. Consequently, after a year of research and going to visit organisations where pilots, shop assistants and Doctors were trained, as well as learning from new and exciting approaches in gaming technology, we developed ‘Rosie 1’, an immersive simulation in child protection training for professionals.  ‘Rosie 1’ gave practitioners the opportunity to ‘virtually’ go on a section 47 statutory home visit to a young girl following a referral from her nursery.  The ‘player’ is offered the opportunity to make conversational choices with the family in this ‘game’, overcome an appearance from a snake, explore the environment and ultimately safeguard Rosie.

This simulation was so successful many others have followed, details of which are below.

Put simply, what we do is take complex child protection issues, consult and work in partnership with experts, review closely the research and then turn all of this information into interactive, immersive child protection simulations for professionals and young people.

The ‘magic’ is in the teaching and learning elements we build into the simulations – all designed to keep the ‘player’ or learner on track with the topic, the story, the characters and the key messages we want to get across. Technological sophistication has enabled us to progress significantly in the development of the teaching and learning approaches we now include, which help embed learning and retain key messages.

Following ‘Rosie 1’, many more simulations have followed.


‘Rosie 2’ for professionals on neglect and complexity.  Uses avatars as characters in a 13 scene home visit.  Includes tackling the issues of professional home visits, thresholds for intervention, the perspective of the child, mentalisation and attachment, disguised compliance and professional over-optimism. You as the child protection professional have to assess the outcomes for the children in the family.

IIndividual licence for a year £200 plus VAT.  Single trainer package for use by one trainer in one organisation for use 20 times in 12 months: £750.  Group trainer for 5 trainers within an organisation each using it 12x in 12 months: £2500.  In English with English sub-titles

‘MyCourtroom: Rosie’s family go to court’ has been developed in partnership with Cafcass in the UK and is a continuation of the ‘Rosie’ simulation series.  It has a direct work scene and interactive courtroom for use by professionals and young people as well as depicting how professionals prepare and give evidence in court. It follows Rosie and her family through public and private court proceedings and makes decisions on Rosie and her twin siblings and baby brother. 

‘Individual attendance at the training session in UK £199 (concessions available).  Single trainer package for use by one trainer in one organisation for use 20 times in 12 months: £750.  Group trainer for 5 trainers within an organisation each using it 12x in 12 months: £2500.  Uses Avatars, in English with English sub-titles.


‘Zak’ developed with Kent Country Council and Kent police, on radicalisation – versions for young people and professionals.  Winner of the Chief Constables Commendation Award 2015.  Social media format.

Contact CCP for individual and group training prices across Europe/world.

UK training & annual licence £199. We would be happy to work with training ‘champions’ across Europe to host training events.  Contact to discuss this.

‘Looking out for Lottie’ is about the grooming of a young girl by her ‘boyfriend’ for the purposes of child sexual exploitation.  Follow Lottie’s story and spot how she is groomed and discuss with young people how to prevent this.  Also take a look at Jake and see why he becomes a groomer. Versions for professionals and for professionals to work with young people.  Winner of the Guardian Award for Digital Innovation 2016.  Social media format in English.

Contact CCP for individual and group training prices across Europe/world

UK training and annual licence £199.  We would be happy to work with training ‘champions’ across Europe to host training events.  Contact to discuss this.



‘Behind Closed Doors’ on the grooming for radicalisation of three girls to travel to Syria, and a young man groomed for a far right organisation by a female groomer.  Social media format using national and international stories from Sky and BBC News 24 on hate crime, Charlie Hebdo attacks, Bethnal Green girls, Paris attacks and the Swedish attacks.

Contact CCP for individual and group training prices across Europe/world and to express your interest in this forthcoming simulation.


Our simulations are used all over the UK and internationally and are written/recorded in English.  Information on these simulations can be obtained from the link below

If you are in the UK and would like to be trained to use any of the simulations we run regular training - details of which and the cost can be accessed here

If you are based across the world and would like to talk to us about accessing our simulations or our MA in Advanced Child Protection and would like to talk to us about cost please contact us on

January 2017

Hello readers! It has been a while. We hope you have had good holidays and that you are back at work with full swing. We have been quite busy in this period finishing the now ready child participation e-course! The other language versions should be ready by end of February. Another course on supervision will be available soon! With these courses ChildHub has finally introduced its own e-learnings! There will be two more courses coming online: one you have already seen, the multi-dsiciplinary child protection course developed by Tdh in Albania - will be available in English as well as other languages. And, last but not least we are working on an e-course on promoting participatory practice for children affected by sexual violence. Please stay tuned for more news on this!

This is not all! We would like to highlight two new functionalities of the ChildHub that you will surely find useful and interesting:

1. you can now subscribe to a sort of "rss feed": on your profile page you can click in the topics you are interested in, and if we are uploading new content in those topics, you will be notified. This way you do not need to come back and check each tim,e but we will let you know directly.

2. We now have a directory of organisations: we invite all of you to suggest your organisation which we can then publish with a logo. This way all the news, documents, events, and other items your organisation has will be linked to this profile and you can promote your organsiation on ChildHub. Please go to CONNECT and click on Organisational Directory

What's next? We have just conducted a mid-term review of the project, having asked close to 200 people in the 8 countries about their opinion and feedback. We received very useful comments and proposals and we will work on them this year.

Have a wonderful 2017 and we hope to see you on- and offline as well!

October Updates

This month the biggest news on ChildHub is the launch of our game where you can become Children's Ambassador for a day and try how you can make decisions for the world's children! The game is being promoted on facebook and we hope to attract new users - as well as engage our current registered users more!

What's even better is that by playing the game you are helping a soon-to-be selected project to get funding to assist marginalised children: for each game-play, Terre des hommes will be donating EUR 1 to a project. Which project? The call for applications will be out next week, and then you, the readers and players will have a chance to choose the winning project!

We welcome your feedback. How do you like the game?

We have also introduced a system you may already be familiar with on Linked-in: you can endorse your colleagues or fellow professionals for a specific skill or another: if you think that your colleague has specific skills, you can choose from a list and testify that this colleague has experience in those subjects. You can help your colleagues building their credibility and profile through endorsement, while you are collecting points.

Probably the change with the biggest impact however is our system, whereby you can get automatic alerts on your e-mail if there is new content on our website in a given topic. Let's say you are only interested in news and resources related to the refugee crisis: on your profile you can choose this topic, and then you will get e-mails (maximum daily) when new content is uploaded with this topic. This will hopefull ease your work, as you don't have to search for things but it will come straight to your e-mail.

Do you have an idea for improvement? Please write to us!


Looking to use your language skills for a good cause? – We are Recruiting Virtual Translators!

To extend the Child Protection Hub reach and make a greater impact in the South East Europe region, we are currently recruiting volunteer translators to translate content from English into the following languages:  Serbia/Croatian/Bosnian, Romanian, Hungarian, Albanian, Bulgarian and Russian.

Benefits of volunteering

Volunteering with Child Protection Hub/Terre des hommes can provide you with a unique opportunity to further develop your work experience and skills by dedicating a few hours per week to help translate and disseminate existing English content in other languages. By doing so, you can become part of the professional child protection community and connect with others with similar interests. Exposure to child protection topics while you volunteer will increase your overall knowledge in this field and in the South East Europe region. You will also significantly help child protection professionals to better serve their communities by providing them with access to information in their local languages.  Additionally, you will receive a certificate in recognition of your volunteership. 

Content you will translate

The Child Protection Hub covers an array of topics and you have the liberty to choose those that interest you most based on your time commitment and interests.  These are some of the types of content in need of translation:

  • Research summaries (ranging from 1-100 pages)
  • Infographics
  • Animated videos and subtitles
  • Short news
  • Website features

Join our international volunteers

Be part of our international team of volunteers. Current volunteers are located in Europe, Canada and the US. We also work with student volunteers from Oxford University, Central European University and York University. Take advantage of this exciting opportunity and join us.

Contact us to begin making a difference!

Please click here to see the full description of the vacancy and apply.

We look forward to working with you!


End of Summer

It is almost September now, people are spending their last days on vacation - many are already back. At ChildHub we also took a break, but we are back in full force!

What's new?

1.We hope you have noticed, now, if you do some actions for which you get points or badges, you get the feedback instantly in a separate pop-up. Do you like it? We do! We were thinking of giving these diferent characters a name. Do you have any suggestions? We are happy to open a competition for names!

2. We heard you: due to the current pre-occupation of Europe with refugees, our news stream has been flooded with related articles: while we wish to continue reporting on this, we will now display these news under the highlight page 'refugee crisis', while the general news will feature more child protection related activities.

3. Did you know? If you are the author of a publication we feature, you can now identiy it as your product by clicking the button "Link me as the author of this resource". The administrator will be notified and if all goes well, your personal profile on ChildHub will be linked with the document - and the document will appear on your personal profile page.

4. For the last quarter of the year ChildHub is planning to organise exchange visits to four pre-defined locations to allow professionals to learn about a good practice from first experience. Look out for details in the next weeks!

Hope your transition back to work is going well and we are always delighted to hear from you. Write to us!

Childhub: July update

It is the middle of Summer, most people are on holiday, half of the addressees of the Newsletters have out-of-office replies. And it is good like this: everybody needs a break from work and have time with family!

Our office however is still going strong. We have just introduced gamification to the website: there are little characters that speak to you, ask you to do things, or congratulate you for having contributed. You can see who is on the website at that moment, what they are doing, and you can see how many points you have collected, compared to others. On your profile, you can see your points in detail and badges you have collected.

We have worked on this hard: to develop the concept and then to programme it, and there are still things to finish, like some translations, for example. It is our first experience of gamifying the website, and it looks like it is also the first gamified website for child protection professionals. Therefore, we strongly need to hear your feedback.  How do you like the new features? Which character is your favourite? What do you find the most attractive? Does it help you to go through the website?  What would you recommendto change?  Please share your ideas, recommendations!

Then, if you are on holiday, check out our film recommendations: on our facebook page we publish a film recommendation every Friday. These are always related to children’s issues: child development, family life and family problems, growing up, etc. Still,  they are mainstream films, entertaining, good for the weekend.

And... don’t forget to have fun and relax! Have a great summer and we hope to see you back in September! We are planning exciting new things for you!

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