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Rtd8 april 2014

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child protection - is it our responsibility - hell yes - to change we must learn - what have people and places responsible volunteering learnt?

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Rtd8 april 2014

  1. 1. Winners 2013 World Responsible Tourism Awards for Campaigning Finalists Best for Child Protection 2013 Winners Best Volunteering Organisation 2009
  2. 2. Child Protection: our Responsibility?
  3. 3. better child protection
  4. 4. better child protection “It’s a time for change – absolutely it’s a time for change – we have to start questioning how and what we are selling as the volunteer experience.......... it creates a shared humanity or it destroys the more vulnerable. Paul Miedema – Calabash Tours, South Africa
  5. 5. better child protection to change we must
  6. 6. better child protection people and places has learnt • to be careful about the message • it’s not just about paedophilia • good intentions are not enough • child labour is complex • there are bad people out there • we need to work together • doing the right thing doesn’t always feel right • if you can’t do it in your own country …
  7. 7. better child protection be careful about the message: • children are not tourist attractions • children should not be “packaged” • photos of cute kids are not helping • what people and places has learnt: “working with children” - that was never our intention
  8. 8. better child protection be careful about the message
  9. 9. better child protection HIGH SCHOOL change”
  10. 10. better child protection it’s not just about paedophilia children have rights: • a child has a right to be safe • a child has the right to be protected from the damage of inappropriate bonding • a child has a right to the better quality of life offered by a “family” environment • what people and places learnt: orphanages “sell” better than “family” – there’s a lot of education to be done
  11. 11. better child protection good intentions are not enough We must : • have policies in place • educate ourselves & those who have contact with children • be brave • work in partnerships • be self critical • what people and places has learnt: where’s the child labour policy!
  12. 12. better child protection good intentions are not enough www.responsible100.com “The ultimate measure of responsible business” • a management tool, performance ranking & internet platform • proving responsibility credentials, not just making claims • enabling business to balance its pursuit of profit with the interests of society
  13. 13. better child protection child labour is complex • a child selling a mango may not be getting an education • a child working 6 hours a day in the fields may be getting an education • a child will miss class to welcome you to their school • a child dancing with a smile may be a slave • a child may only gain an education through domestic service • what people and places has learnt: everywhere we work, children work – context is all
  14. 14. better child protection there are bad people out there Some simple rules : • due diligence is more important than ever • just because we want to do good doesn’t mean that others do • the bad guys are clever • what people and places has learnt: codes direct us and protect those we work with
  15. 15. better child protection we need to work together
  16. 16. better child protection What people and places has learnt * doing the right thing doesn’t always feel right
  17. 17. better child protection if you cant do it in your country - is it OK to do it in someone else’s country and the $1 million question
  18. 18. better child protection Child Protection is our Responsibility
  19. 19. better child protection resource list http://www.travel-peopleandplaces.co.uk/ Child Protection Policy http://tinyurl.com/p2r7yge Child Labour Policy http://tinyurl.com/nqrmrwv www.responsible100.com Responsible Travel Orphanage guidelines http://tinyurl.com/nhwff8e http://www.thinkchildsafe.org http://www.thecode.org/ https://www.facebook.com/BetterChildProtection https://www.facebook.com/BetterVolunteering WTM 2012 – Tourism & Child Protection https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PrO3CL6zNk WTM 2012 – Responsible Volunteering https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBYWtAGRNJc WTM 2013 – Taking Responsibility for Volunteering http://tinyurl.com/ldcqepd WTM 2013 –where now for child protection http://tinyurl.com/kx28mfps

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