Child Safe Tourism

Avoid giving gifts directly to children or taking them anywhere alone

Why is it important?

While we may feel that interacting with local children is a special experience, it actually has the potential to be detrimental to them. It teaches children to socialise with strangers, who may not always have their best intentions in mind. Playing, giving gifts or taking children to places alone encourages them to trust adults who are strangers without their parents or carers supervision or permission. People who seek to harm children often do so after building up a relationship with a child over time, often involving gifts and bribes. This can be confusing for children and put them at risk.

So what can I do instead?

Never give gifts directly to children or take them anywhere alone without supervision and permission. Instead make a contribution to organisations and enterprises that are working to support vulnerable children and families.

In rural areas and small communities ask to see the village leader and pass any gifts on to them. They can ensure that items are distributed fairly and given to children the most in need. If visiting ethnic minorities, it is best not to bring items such as sweets, clothing or pharmaceuticals that could threaten their traditional way of life.

Who can I contact or support?

Cambodia
  1. 1

    World Vision Cambodia

    World Vision Cambodia works in partnership with communities to improve the lives of some of Cambodia’s most vulnerable and marginalised children.

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    Room to Read Cambodia

    Room to Read works to improve literacy and gender equality in education by providing school library infrastructure, book publishing and reading and writing instruction.

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    Friends International

    Friends International has several retail shops and training initiatives for parents and youth across the region.

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Lao PDR
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    World Vision Lao PDR

    World Vision Lao PDR works in partnership with communities to improve the lives of some of the country’s most vulnerable and marginalised children.

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    Luang Prabang Library

    The Luang Prabang library provides reading material to children in 75 remote villages in Lao PDR.

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    Friends International

    Friends International has several retail shops and training initiatives for parents and youth across the region.

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Thailand
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    Gift of Happiness Foundation

    The foundation provides children and families in Thailand with basic necessities like clothing, bedding, medical supplies, educational equipment and agricultural tools.

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    Friends International

    Friends International has several retail shops and training initiatives for parents and youth across the region.

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Vietnam
  1. 1

    World Vision Vietnam

    World Vision Vietnam works in partnership with communities to improve the lives of some of the country’s most vulnerable and marginalised children.

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  2. 2

    Room to Read Vietnam

    Room to Read works to improve literacy and gender equality in education by providing school library infrastructure, book publishing and reading and writing instruction.

    Visit site