socialtour Child Protection Policy

The protection of Children in tourism activities is one of the key elements in sustainable practice. socialtours is committed to this process, and follows policies that guide it towards the reduction of any sort of exploitation.


1. Policy Statement

Socialtours is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people participating in our programs and activities in Nepal. We believe that all children have the right to be protected from harm, abuse, and exploitation. This policy outlines our commitment to providing a safe and supportive environment for children and the steps we take to prevent and respond to child protection concerns.

2. Definitions

  • Child: Any person under the age of 18.
  • Child Protection: The prevention of harm to children's well-being, safety, and dignity.
  • Child Abuse: Any form of physical, emotional, sexual abuse, or neglect of a child.

3. Guiding Principles

Our Child Protection Policy is guided by the following principles:

  • The best interests of the child are paramount.
  • Every child has the right to be protected from all forms of abuse and exploitation.
  • All children, regardless of gender, race, religion, or nationality, are entitled to equal protection.

4. Responsibilities

4.1. Staff and Volunteers: All employees, volunteers, and contractors working for socialtours must adhere to our this policy.

4.2. Reporting: All staff and volunteers are responsible for reporting any concerns or suspicions of child abuse promptly.

4.3. Training: All staff and volunteers will receive training on child protection policies and procedures.

5. Code of Conduct

All staff and volunteers must adhere to the following Code of Conduct when working with children:

  • Treat all children with respect, dignity, and kindness.
  • Never engage in any form of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse or harassment.
  • Avoid being alone with a child in a private setting.
  • Maintain appropriate boundaries and avoid any behavior that could be misconstrued.
  • Report any concerns or suspicions of child abuse immediately.

6. Responding to Concerns

If a child protection concern is raised, socialtours will take the following steps:

  • Report the concern to the appropriate authorities.
  • Provide support to the child and their family.
  • Conduct an internal investigation if necessary.
  • Take appropriate disciplinary actions if an employee or volunteer is found to have violated the Child Protection Policy.

7. Awareness and Training

socialtours will regularly conduct child protection training and awareness programs for staff, volunteers, and the community.

9. Reporting Mechanisms

We encourage children, staff, volunteers, and community members to report any child protection concerns

10. Review and Revision

This Child Protection Policy will be reviewed periodically and updated as necessary to reflect changes in legislation, best practices, and organizational needs.

11. Compliance

Failure to comply with this Child Protection Policy may result in disciplinary action, including termination of employment or volunteer status.

12. Acknowledgment

By implementing and adhering to this Child Protection Policy, socialtours demonstrates its commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of children in Nepal. This policy will be communicated to all relevant stakeholders and reviewed regularly to ensure its effectiveness.

AUTHOR
Raj Gyawali

I am usually never in the office, and my colleagues call me the Tourist. I think strategically, and align the company to the future. I enjoy developing new experiences the most, and of course nothing can beat leading a group on a unique journey through Nepal. Uh Oh I forgot, I would rather be in the mountains! Also own www.ethicaltravelportal.com if you are looking at travelling in other parts of the world in a similar way