Frequently asked questions
... and answers!
Here you will find answers to many questions about Terre des hommes. However, if your question is not listed here or if you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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All the staff must have accepted the Tdh Code of Conduct and signed it (annex 1 of the Child Safeguarding Policy). A briefing – individual or as a group – is also organized on arrival of the employee in order to inform them of our Child Safeguarding Policy. Occasional volunteers and visitors are also obliged to sign their Code of Conduct (annex 2 of the Child Safeguarding Policy) before any visit to the field.
Tdh Lausanne (under the umbrella of the Terre des Hommes International Federation) is certified to the 1st Level by “Keeping Children Safe”, an independent organisation which analyses and controls the procedures of NGOs to guarantee the protection of the children with which they work. Tdh makes an effort to continually improve its Child Safeguarding Policy by ensuring it meets the highest international standards and maintains best practices for the sector.
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At Terre des hommes, our emergency response teams are primarily involved in Level 3 crises, which are known as "serious humanitarian crises". These crises are of natural or human origin and are characterized by extensive violence, population displacement, widespread damage to society and the economy, and the need for significant humanitarian aid. To determine the level of crisis, Tdh refers to the OCHA and ACAPS classifications. Level 2 crises are taken into consideration only if Tdh teams are already present in the area, for example in the case of the 2018 Kerala floods in India.
Although we were one of the pioneering bodies in international adoption for over 50 years, we ceased to operate as an intermediary in 2013. In order to better protect children against abuse, the regulations governing adoption have become a lot stricter and the countries in question are for the most part better equipped than before when it comes to organising adoptions within their own borders. However, if you would still like to make a difference to the lives of children at risk, you will find a list of the options available on our “Get involved” page.
Terre des hommes concluded its adoption activities in 2016. We kindly ask you to contact your canton of origin (that is, your residence at the time of your adoption), which is now handling requests in relation to adoptions. Please find the list and contact details of competent cantonal services here.
You can simply place the request with our donor care service (+41 58 611 06 11). We regret your decision however, as we believe it is important that donors remain informed about the use that is made of their donations in our projects. You can of course always download our magazines in PDF format on this website, from the digital library.
We publish 4 issues of our magazine per year to keep our donors informed about our work. It is impossible to arrange only one delivery during the year as it overly complicates the address database management.
You can however download any issue of the magazine in PDF format from our digital library.
As a volunteer, you are there to support and strengthen lots of good causes. As a volunteer, you can firstly raise awareness in Swiss people, and collect funds to bring about lasting change to children around the world. You can inform the public about the projects Terre des hommes is running. Volunteers also provide significant visibility for Terre des hommes’ presence in the media and on social networks, while strengthening our impact for children and their rights. You will gain valuable experience in event organisation and, if you so wish, in media relations.
For ethical reasons and to stay true to our values, we made the choice to engage volunteers who are from the children's country of origin. Such volunteers speak the language and know the culture of children from the country concerned, and are familiar with the children's home communities, and these are very important factors.
All potential employees are to read the Tdh Code of Conduct before signing a contract. A briefing about our Child Safeguarding Policy is also given to all new starters.
Volunteers and occasional visitors are also asked to sign the Code of Conduct prior to any visits in the field.
Yes, all employees in a position of responsibility are asked to take technical tests.
Under the umbrella of the Terre des Hommes International Federation, Tdh has been certified by Keeping Children Safe, an organisation that examines and audits the procedures NGOs put in place to ensure the safeguarding of the children with whom they work. Tdh’s Child Safeguarding Policy is under constant review, and optimised to meet the highest international standards and follow best practices.
Once an application has been submitted, it is no longer available for update. If you wish to make changes to your application, you can submit a new one. Rest assured that the most recent application will be the one taken into consideration.