Child Safe Tourism

July 31, 2014

Farewell from Project Childhood Prevention Pillar

After 34 months of intense activity, the Project Childhood Prevention Pillar team say farewell.

Project Childhood Prevention Pillar was an Australian Government initiative to contribute to preventing child sexual abuse in travel and tourism in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam. The project ended on 30 June 2014.

With ever-increasing tourism flows to the region, there is a concomitant risk to children. Learn more about the links between tourism and child exploitation here. Over the last two decades much work has been done to curb child exploitation in tourism, and Project Childhood Prevention Pillar had the unique opportunity to take interventions to a new level.

In collaboration with partners, the 16-member Project Childhood Prevention Pillar team:

  • Developed and rolled out the innovative Child Safe Tourism campaign, reaching over 15 million people across the globe. Travellers now have access to information on simple actions they can take to ensure their travels positively impact children.
  • Educated and empowered over 13,000 children and young people in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam about their right to protection from harm, how to keep safe, safe and unsafe touch, and what to do if they feel uncomfortable or experience abuse.
  • Facilitated discussion forums with over 8,000 parents/carers and community representatives (such as teachers, social workers, village leaders etc.) in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam, helping them understand the risk of child sexual abuse and their role in preventing and responding to cases.
  • Reached a further 20,000 children and adults through peer-to-peer networks in Cambodia and “edutainment” events in Vietnam which raised awareness about preventing child sexual abuse.
  • Supported Child Helplines in Cambodia and Vietnam enabling thousands of children to access free, confidential and accurate information to help them in times of need.
  • Trained over 2,400 people working in the tourism industry in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam and partnered with tourism sector game-changers to put Child Safe Tourism into practice. 
  • Supported local and national authorities in their legislative and policy efforts to strengthen the safety net for vulnerable children.
  • Undertook cutting edge research, including with communities in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam, revealing new insights on child sexual abuse prevention, as well as market research with travellers to gauge the global movement towards Child Safe Tourism.

We have seen so many dedicated people and organisations taking up their role in child protection in the region. This has translated to real change in the lives of vulnerable children. Our heartfelt thanks and congratulations to our collaborators and supporters.


What next?

  • Like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter to keep informed of the latest on Child Safe Tourism.
  • Learn more about the issues by reading and sharing our research with travellers and with children, parents and community members.
  • Download our training materials to educate children, parents and carers, and community representatives on how to prevent child sexual abuse.
  • If you work in the tourism industry, download our tourism sector training materials to learn how you can contribute to Child Safe Tourism and visit our Industry section for more resources.
  • Remember the simple actions you can do when you travel to help keep children safe in tourism destinations.