Child Safe Tourism

Business practices and policies

People often think it’s difficult to protect children. But in fact, there are many simple and low cost things you can do in your business to better protect vulnerable children in tourism destinations.

Writing a child protection policy

A written client-facing policy makes it unequivocal that your company will not tolerate child abuse and exploitation. It should be simple, practical and achievable, with clear processes to prevent and respond to abuse. Most importantly, your policy should not just be words on paper – but a set of guidelines which are actively followed by all managers and staff. See a sample child protection policy.

How child safe is my business?

Being a child safe business not only benefits the children you’re helping to protect, but also enables you to build a better business. Complete the following test to measure whether your business is taking sufficient action to prevent risk to children from abuse and exploitation in tourism. Take the test.

Guidelines for Voluntourism

Voluntourism provides an opportunity for travellers to have a unique and rewarding experience, while simultaneously delivering benefits to communities that can have a lasting impact. However, while voluntourism may be well intended, the effects can be detrimental without the proper planning, management and monitoring.

In order to ensure the tremendous positive potential of this field, The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), Planeterra Foundation and an international advisory committee, have collaborated to develop a set of guidelines on Voluntourism. These guidelines outline best practices, including how to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Read the guidelines.