The Code – we think all volunteer organisations should make this important child protection commitmentFriday, May 10th, 2013
We at people and places are proud and pleased to be finally supporting The Code officially.
The Code is an industry-driven initiative with the mission to provide awareness, tools and support to the tourism industry to prevent the sexual exploitation of children.
“The Code encourages the practice of responsible, sustainable tourism by tourism companies from around the world. By enacting responsible policies, members of The Code play an essential role in protecting children from the sexual exploitation that is particularly prevalent in this industry. In addition, The Code exists in order to inform travelers that child sex exploitation is never okay, no matter what country they visit.”
All the of the projects, with which we work, are in economically poor communities – most involve work with vulnerable children and adults. This is true for most other volunteer recruitment organisations too.
We know that the vast majority of travelers – and the organisations that facilitate their travel – have only the best interests of the vulnerable children they may meet at heart.
Although tourism is not the cause of crimes against children, offenders utilise the services and infrastructure of the tourism industry to carry out the crime. Offenders can and do gain easy access to children in economically poor countries – the very communities where most volunteer organisations operate.
We believe we have a responsibility to do all we can towards the protection of children . We have had child protection policies in place for some time. The Code will help us improve these policies.
Nowhere is responsible travel more important than in the area of child protection and the prevention of abuse. (more…)