Child Safe Tourism

October 13, 2014

Keeping children safe online

Guest Post – Tim Gerrish, International Partnerships Manager, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command of the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA-CEOP) Digital technology is important to children and young people. They use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves in all types of creative ways, whether that’s sharing photos and videos, blogging, gaming, or …

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August 14, 2014

What About the Children?

Guest Post – Willem Niemeijer, Founder and CEO of Khiri Travel The travel and tourism industry accounts for 1 in 11 jobs globally. According to research commissioned by WTTC (Travel & Tourism Economic Impact 2014), it is the top job creator after education and directly employs over 100 million people worldwide, and as many as …

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February 14, 2014

Journey to Child Safe Tourism

Guest Post – Aarti Kapoor, Program Manager of Project Childhood Prevention Pillar. You know the situation well. You arrive in a new place, whether a remote village or a popular urban tourist site, and suddenly you notice the children. They confidently approach you, sometimes in groups, selling chewing gum or fruit or simply holding out …

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January 8, 2014

Working to protect children with disabilities

Guest Post – Laurie Ahern, President of Disability Rights International. An estimated 8 to 10 million children live in residential or institutional care around the world. And those born with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to being locked away and forgotten – many from birth. In some countries, doctors encourage parents to give up their child …

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December 5, 2013

International Volunteer Day: Does voluntourism help or harm children?

Guest post – Daniela Papi, Co-Founder of Learning Service. Somehow I’ve become the bearer of bad news. Due to my TEDx talk on the problems with volunteer travel and much of my prior writing on the subject, I now frequently get asked to write about issues in the voluntourism sector. I’d like to start with a …

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September 2, 2013

UNICEF: A statistical snapshot on child abuse in East Asia and the Pacific

Guest post – Amalee McCoy, Regional Child Protection Specialist for UNICEF East Asia and the Pacific. The abuse, neglect, violence and exploitation of children is alarmingly widespread, and the impact of these experiences on children are immediate, long lasting, and often devastating. UNICEF’s ground-breaking research report released in late 2012, Child Maltreatment: Prevalence, Incidence and …

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April 11, 2013

Intrepid Travel’s commitment to child protection in tourism

Helping to protect children from exploitation has been a core commitment of global adventure travel company, Intrepid Travel, since they began operating trips in South East Asia in 1989. They are operating in more than 120 countries across the world and are taking almost 100,000 travellers on trips every year. Child Safe Tourism (CST) spoke …

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January 11, 2013

UNWTO’s global efforts towards child safe tourism

Guest post – Marina Diotallevi, Programme Manager for Ethics & Social Dimensions of Tourism, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). With one billion tourists having just crossed international borders on 13 December 2012, tourism is undeniably among the foremost sectors of the global economy, driving growth and bolstering cultural understanding the world over. However, its infrastructure has …

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