Child Protection

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Child Protection

 

At Thomson, we believe that travel and tourism businesses have an important role to play in protecting children’s rights everywhere. We are signed up to the Child-Protection Code (www.thecode.org), an independent organisation that monitors and supports our child protection activities.


Our Child Protection Policy below applies both in the UK and in resorts, and our staff are trained to identify situations where children may need protection and report them to the relevant organisations. Should you suspect that any child is at risk on your holiday, please inform your Holiday Advisor, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or contact ECPAT UK ( +44 207 233 9887) www.ecpat.org.uk.


Group Child Protection Policy
TUI Travel PLC (Thomson’s parent company) is committed to child protection– both those we take on holiday and those in destinations. We condemn the exploitation of children, a fundamental abuse of a child’s human rights and dignity, and we reserve the right to immediately terminate business with any person or company that is engaged or associated with any form of exploitation.
Travel and tourism businesses have an important role to play in protecting children’s rights. The TUI Travel PLC Code of Conduct commits the Group to upholding the principles of the UN Global Compact.

Travel and tourism businesses have an important role to play in protecting children’s rights. The TUI Travel PLC Code of Conduct commits the Group to upholding the principles of the UN Global Compact.


Background information:
Child protection refers to preventing and responding to violence, exploitation and abuse against children – including commercial sexual exploitation, trafficking, child labour and harmful traditional practices, such as female genital mutilation/cutting and child marriage. Violations of the child’s right to protection take place in every country and are massive, under-recognised and under-reported barriers to child survival and development, in addition to being human rights violations.


(Source: UNICEF Child Protection Information Sheet http://www.unicef.org/publications/)


Child abuse can take four forms, all of which can cause long term damage to a child: physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect and child sexual abuse. Bullying and domestic violence are also forms of child abuse.


(Source: UK National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children: http://www.nspcc.org.uk/)

TUI Travel PLC Code of Conduct
The Group is committed to maintaining high standards of professional conduct in all its businesses. The TUI Travel PLC Board and the Group Management Board have approved this Code of Conduct which shall apply to all employees and representatives of TUI Travel PLC and its subsidiaries. The same code has also been adopted by TUI AG.


UN Global Compact

The United Nations Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.


(Source: UN Global Compact website www.unglobalcompact.org)

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is an international human rights treaty that grants all children and young people (aged 17 and under) a comprehensive set of rights.


(Source: UK Department for children, schools and families, click here to view.)


Many businesses across the Group (which Thomson are part of) have introduced a sustainable development addendum as part of accommodation contracts. This means that each hotelier must initiate (or continue to develop) a sustainability programme, managing their impacts on the environment, their employees and the local community. The child protection clauses include:

  • Ensure that children are protected against sexual abuse or exploitation on the premises and that the Supplier and its employees are aware of The Child-Protection Code against sexual exploitation of children and follow its recommendations, such as reporting any suspicious behaviour from guests to relevant local authorities.
  • Ensure that if persons aged 17 or under are employed, they are afforded full protection in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and local legislation, and are provided with favourable working times and favourable conditions of work specifically designed to protect them.

Should you suspect that any child is at risk on your holiday, please inform your Holiday Advisor, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or contact ECPAT UK ( +44 207 233 9887) www.ecpat.org.uk.

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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