New initiative enhances child protection in Bali

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Friends-International is delighted to announce the launch of the ChildSafe Movement in Bali with the support of Buffalo Tours. Together with Yayasan Teman Baik, their local Indonesian program helping marginalized children, youth, and their families, the ChildSafe Movement is raising awareness of child protection among all tourism industry stakeholders, including promoting tourist behaviors and actions that will prevent risk to children and effectively protect them.

The ChildSafe Movement is an award-winning global movement protecting children from all forms of abuse, and it was launched in Bali with the support of travel organization Buffalo Tours Indonesia. Together they seek to improve child protection and sustainable tourism on the “Island of the Gods”.

ChildSafe activities will include international media and grassroots campaigning, educating tourists, as well as training and certifying businesses. The result is a unique local and international network empowered to stand up against the exploitation of vulnerable children in the tourism industry.

ChildSafe’s Traveler Tips and campaigns provide practical advice to tourists on better ways to help protect children. Large-scale awareness raising campaigns and initiatives increase the global response to child rights violations and further protect children from harm. These campaigns, including “Children Are Not Tourist Attractions,” aimed at addressing the alarming growth of orphanage and school tourism, have already reached millions of individuals across the world and are supported and promoted by UNICEF and the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

Through following ChildSafe Certification process, Buffalo Tours are at the forefront of the growing international recognition of the importance of implementing child protection within the tourism industry. Buffalo Tours have offered their assistance in the form of facilities and logistic support, to help ChildSafe implement their campaign in Bali. They have also mobilized their staff, Destination Ambassadors and suppliers to further enhance their commitment to child protection.

Buffalo Tours now join the hundreds of other ChildSafe Alliance Partners, Supporters and Certified Businesses around the world, all easily identified by their use of the characteristic “thumbs up” logo! They are also listed on the ChildSafe website, a comprehensive resource and source of information for all to ensure a global approach to child protection which includes the important “7 Tips for Travelers.”

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