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ChildSafeNetworkCharter

V1.3:JUNE2010

AFriendsInternationalInitiativefortheProtectionofChildren

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TableofContents

1.Introduction Page3
2.SocialMarketingComponent Page6
3.CoreValues Page8
4.OperatingPrinciples Page9
5.AddressingChildAbuseandDangers Page11
6.WhosInvolved Page13
7.ChildSafeNetworkTools Page20
8.ChildSafeContactInformation Page22

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Introduction
FriendsInternational
FriendsInternationalisasocialenterprisethatstartedinAugust1994inPhnomPenh(Cambodia)in
responsetothelackofservicesforstreetchildrenandyouth.ThefirstprogramwascalledMith
Samlanh(FriendsinCambodian).Overtheyears,MithSamlanhbecameabestpracticeprogram
andareferencetoworkingwithstreetchildrenandyouth.Since1999,FriendsInternationalhas
beendevelopingarangeofinterlinkedprogramsaroundtheworld,including(butnotlimitedto):

- FRIENDSPROGRAMS:bestpracticeprogramsthatprovidethehigheststandardsofservices
tomarginalizedurbanchildrenandyouth,theirfamiliesandtheircommunitiesandprovide
effectiveworkingmodelsforpartners.

- CYTIALLIANCE:anetworkoforganizationsthatprovidethehigheststandardofservicesto
marginalizedurbanchildrenandyouth,theirfamiliesandtheircommunities.

- CHILDSAFENETWORK:anetworkofindividualsandorganizationsfromalltiersofsociety
andtheinternationalcommunitywhoprotectchildrenandyouthfromallformsofabuse.

- FRIENDSSOCIALBUSINESSES:socialbusinessinitiativethatensuresFriendsInternationals
financialsustainabilityandreducesdonordependency.

TheChildSafeNetworkCharter
TheChildSafeNetworkCharter is a guiue foi the ChiluSafe Netwoik to auvance its mission anu
iemain a best piactice chilu piotection piogiam

TheChildSafeNetwork
Startingin2005,FriendsInternationalcreatedtheChildSafeNetwork(CN),aproactivechild/youth
protectionnetworkprogramthatinvolveskeymemberswithinalltiersofsocietyandthe
internationalcommunity.Itisdesignedtoprotectchildrenandyouthfromallformsofabuseand
reducechildexploitationandtraffickingopportunities.
TheChildSafeNetworkprogramaimsatcreatingaprotectiveenvironmentformarginalizedchildren
andyouth,especiallythosewholiveandworkonthestreetsandchildrenatriskofabuse.Itdevelops
socialresponsibilitythroughdefiningpolicies,influencingattitudesandencouragingpositiveactions,
allsupportedbyanactivesocialmarketingstrategy.FriendsInternationalisdevelopingthisnetwork
byinvolvingwidercommunitiesandespeciallylocalandinternationalbusinesses,intheprotectionof
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childrenandyouthinareaswhereFriendsProgramsandCYTIAllianceorganizationswhichoffer
directservicestomarginalizedchildrenandyouth,theirfamiliesandcommunitiesareestablished.
Thenetworkconsistsofkeypeople,government,businessesandorganizations.Selectindividualsare
trainedandcertifiedtorecognizechildrenwhomaybeindangeroussituationsandcantake
appropriateactiontopreventit.Participationfromtheprivatesectorisalsoessentialforthe
networktohavevisiblepresence.Withlocalandinternationalsupport,childprotectionmessaging
reachestoalllevelsofsocietyandreachesbeyonddefinedborders.

Vision
Throughouttheworld,ALLchildrenandyouthareeffectivelyprotectedfromallformsabuseand
haveaccesstoqualityservicestoensuresustainedprotection.

Legacy
Protectingchildrenandyouthisnaturalresponsewithinlocalandinternationalcommunities,
especiallygovernments,businessesandindividuals.

Mission
TheChildSafeNetworkprovidesthehigheststandardsofprotectiontomarginalizedurbanchildren
andyouthby:
protectingurbanchildrenandyouthfromallformsofabusewithinthescopeofthe
InternationalConventionoftheRightsoftheChild;
preventingurbanchildrenandyouthfromengaginginriskybehaviorand/ordangerous
situationsthatcompromisestheirfutures;
influencing all tieis of society anu the inteinational community to pioviue suppoitive
enviionments foi chiluien anu youth by auopting positive behaviois
This is achieveu by suppoiting the uevelopment of cieative innovative anu holistic piogiams foi
chiluien anu youth while builuing netwoiks anu suppoitive stiuctuies within goveinment
piogiams oiganizations businesses communities anu inuiviuuals fiom all levels of society

CoordinationoftheChildSafeNetwork
TheChildSafeNetworkiscoordinatedbyFriendsInternational.TheChildSafeconceptisadaptedand
implementedbymanydifferentlevelsandgroupswithinsociety.FriendsInternationalretainsall
copyrightstothenameandlogoofthenetwork.Suchartworkcanonlybeusedaccordingto
contractsandpriorauthorizationofFriendsInternational.
Internally,theprogramiscoordinatedbyaInternationalChildSafeNetworkCoordinator.Each
FriendsInternationalcountryofficehasaChildSafeNetworkCountryCoordinatortoactivateand
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superviseprogramactivities.ThispersonreportsdirectlytotheCountryDirectoroftheFIOffice(FI
Cambodiaforinstance).EachimplementingorganizationhasaChildSafeManager.Severalproject
teams(e.g.hotlines,centers)shouldalsobeheadedbyaprojectmanager.
AllstaffemployedbyFriendsInternationalhasread,understoodandsignedFriendsInternationals
childprotectionpolicy.Allimplementingpartnershavechildprotectionpoliciesinplaceaswell.

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SocialMarketingComponents
Branding
The logo means a symbol of piotection The netwoik is positioneu as a netwoik of positive
action The use of the logo is veiy impoitant anu neeus to be piotecteu at all times 0nly those
that have ieceiveu ceitification oi who aie staff of Fiienus Piogiams oi implementing paitneis
aie alloweu to weai the logo Chiluien tiust the peison weaiing the logo anu theiefoie those
who weai the logo must unueistanu theii iesponsibility to ietain such tiust

The logo is auapteu to


Tagline
Together,ProtectingChildren.
Thetaglineillustratestheessenceoftheprogram.Itreflectstheneedtounifychildprotection
effortsandstressesthatEVERYONEhasaresponsibilitytoprotectchildren.

Rationale
Weareadevelopmentorganization,notacharity.Allourmaterialneedstobepositiveanduplifting.
Nopicturesofchildreninvulnerableorrisksituationswillbepublishedformarketingpurposes.


TargetPopulation
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Four main target populations


1.Thoseweprotectallchildrenregardlessoftheirgender,sexualorientation,religion,ethnicity,
nationality,health,legalsituation,politicalidealsandsocialbackgroundandstatusandespecially
marginalizedurbanchildrenandyouth(upto24yearsofage),including(butnotrestrictedto):
Streetlivingchildren/youth
Streetworkingchildren/youth
Childrenandyouthofstreetfamilies
Children/youthinslumandsquatterareas
Childrenwhohavedroppedoutofeducationsystem
Runawaychildren/youth
Migrant/traffickedchildren/youth
Children/youthaffectedbyHIV/AIDS
Drugusingchildren/youth
Children/youthinconflictwiththelaw
2.Theirfamiliesandtheircommunities,otherrelatedgroups
3.Societyasawhole(Includesbusinesses,governmentpartners,localauthorities,etc)
4.InternationalCommunity(corporations,travelagencies,travelers,airlines,guidebooks,etc)
Definitions:
Children:017
Youth:1524

Promotion
TrytodiversifyyourmediachannelsandmediumtypestomaximizeChildSafevisibilityandexposure.
Ifpossible,forgeChildSafemediapartnershipsforlongtermcampaignsupport(ieAsiaLIFE
magazine).Suchpromotionshouldincludeadvertisementsinguidebooks,magazines,maps,websites
andotherpublicationsthattravelersuse.
Promotioncanbeintheformof:boothsatspecialevents(concerts,tradeshows),tshirts(THINK),
posters(GenevaInternationalAirport),postcards(THINK),pins(ChildSafesupporters),etc

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ChildSafes8CoreValues

1) Alwayschildcentered,alwaysaboutchildprotection.
Alleffortsaretakentoprotectchildrenandtheirwellbeing.

2) Protectingallchildrenregardlessoftheirgender,sexualorientation,religion,ethnicity,
nationality,health,legalsituation,politicalidealsandsocialbackgroundandstatus.

3)Protectingisgoodforsociety,community,businessandtheindividual.
Societieswherechildrenareprotectedandnotatriskgiveschildrenagreaterchancetofullydevelop
andbecomehealthyandproductivemembersoftheirsociety.

Also,ChildSafeoffersanopportunitytoimproveincomewhileprotectingchildren.Allofour
membersandpartnersarepromotedandrecognizedintheircommunity.Promotionalactivities
encouragemembersofthecommunitytouseChildSafemembersservices.

4)Workingcloselywithallnetworkmemberstokeepthemactivelyinvolved.
ChildSafeprovidesregularadaptedtrainingswithpracticalsolutionstoallitsmembersandpartners.
SimpleandspecificmessagesaredeliveredtotheChildSafepartnersintraining.Shorttraining
sessionsareadaptedtofitwiththeirbusiness'schedule.

Regularcontactwithindividualsaswellasannualmeetingsprovidethatchancetoshare
experiences,voiceconcernsandofferrecommendations.Itscrucialthatmembersfeelownershipof
theprogramanditsidentity(thumb).

5)Promotingpositiveactionineverythingwedo.
Inordertopromoteresponsiblebehaviortosocietyaswellasencourageresponsibletourism,the
ChildSafeprojectinsistsongoodpracticesandrefusestoassociateacountry'sorabusiness'image
withanegativemessage.

6)ChampioningChildRightsinallthatwedo.
OurworkisdrivenbytheimplementationoftheUNConventionofRightsoftheChild.

7)Promotingthenetworktoensurethatmembersbenefitfrombeingapartofthenetwork.
Differentpromotionmaterialsaredevelopedforvariouspartners.Tosupportthedevelopmentof
ourmembers'childprotectionskills,weprovidethemwithpromotionmaterialtoidentifythemas
ChildSafe.Thesematerialsareremovedifourpolicyisnotrespected.InternationalCompaniesare
providedwithdifferenttoolstailoredtotheirneeds.

8)FriendsProgramsandCYTIAlliancemembersarepartoftheChildSafeNetworkprogram.
LocalChildSafeProjectsareimplementedbyFriendsProgram(FP),CYTIAlliancemembersand/or
affiliates,providinghighstandardservicesforvulnerablechildren.ChildSafepreferstouseFPorCYTI
membersasreferralpartnerswheneverpossible.
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OPERATINGPRINCIPLES
ChildSafeNetworkhasthehighestqualityofactivities:
o Seivices ensurealltheirrights to chiluien anu youth eithei uiiectly oi thiough
a netwoik of paitneis
o Child Protection is maximizeu in all seivices Chilu Piotection Policies aie
uesigneu anu opeiational within all piojects
o Piogiams aims at effectively protecting maiginalizeu uiban chiluien anu youth
within theii communities anu countiies
o Participation of members is effective piojects aie uesigneu implementeu anu
evaluateu with the chiluienyouth in minu anu the issues ielateu to each
community
o Programsareresultfocused:they have cleai stiategies objectives anu expecteu
outputs
o Programs are responsive they auapt to the changing situations of
chiluienyouth theii families anu theii communities
o Programs are constantly improving the quality of theii seivices thiough
iegulai monitoiing evaluations anu ieseaich
o Programs communicate in a transparent way about theii successes anu
challenges to theii beneficiaiies to theii paitneis anu to the wiuei public
o These piinciples aie put into action thiough the use of Stanuaius of Piactice anu uuiue
Books foi all seivices

ChildSafeNetworkfollowsFRIENDSProgramshighestqualityofadministration:
o Procedures and monitoring systems for financials and human resources
management aie cleaily uefineu stiictly applieu anu continuously impioveu
o Financials have the highest transparency they aie auuiteu inteinally anu
exteinally on a iegulai basis Yeaily financial iesults aie publisheu anu maue
available
o Each staff membei paiu oi volunteei is pioviueu with TermsofReferences;
o Each staff membei paiu oi volunteei is pioviueu with the basic FRIENBS
PR0uRANS anu ChiluSafe Netwoik training anu with an Inuiviuual Tiaining
Plan;
o A Code of Conduct is signeu anu agieeu with by all staff membeis of ChiluSafe
Netwoik

o These piinciples aie put into action thiough the use of Stanuaius of Pioceuuies foi
financials anu human iesouices

ChildSafeNetworkbuildlinks,shareandlearn
o The ChiluSafe Netwoik cooperate with NGOs anu piivate oiganizations that
shaie iuentical objectives anu piinciples
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o The ChiluSafe Netwoik coordinate with the CYTI Alliance members and the
Friends Program members to complement each others services whenevei
possible to ieuuce oveilap
o The ChiluSafe Netwoik facilitate experience sharing, training and support to
the CYTI Alliance membeis anu to Fiienus Piogiams membeis
o The ChiluSafe Netwoik iecognize the iesponsibility of the uoveinment to ensuie
all iights to chiluien anu youth aie piotecteu in accoiuance with theii laws anu
conventions anu the ChiluSafe Netwoik iecognize the role of the Government
as a potential partner at cential level local level anu oi thiough its ielevant
agencies

o These piinciples aie put into action thiough the use of cooiuinateu logfiames

SpecialRelationswithFRIENDSPrograms
The FRIENBS PR0uRANS aie automatically membeis of the ChiluSafe Netwoik
The FRIENBS PR0uRANS facilitate the implementation anu uevelopment of the ChiluSafe
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AddressingChildAbuseandDangers

Worldwide
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childabuseanddangers
Childrenworldwidefacemanydifferentformsofabuseandproblems.TheChildSafeNetworkaimsat
creatinganinternationalnetworkprotectingchildrenfromallformsofabuseanddangers.Within
thenetwork,differentpersonsaretrainedondifferentissuesrelevanttotheirinvolvementin
everydaylifeandinfluenceontheseexactissuesasameanstopreventand/orinterveneonthe
differentformsofabuse.
PhysicalAbuse
Manychildrenworldwidearephysicallyabused:beaten,kicked,burned,slappedetc.Eachyear,
about57,000childrenundertheageof15,dieasaresultofphysicalabuse.

Healthissues,accidentsandfightingonthestreets
Childrenonthestreetoftenfaceproblemssuchashealthproblemsorinjuriesduetoaccidentsand
fights.Thesechildrenhavelittleaccesshospitalsorotherhealthservices.

SexualAbuse
Sexualabuseofachildisanysexualactbetweenanadultandachild,includingpenetration,
intercourse,incest,rape,oralsex,andsodomy.Therearemanymorekindsofchildsexualabuse
suchastouchingorkissingachild'sgenitalsormakingachildfondleanadult'sgenitals.Alsospying
onanakedchild,performingsexualactsinfrontofachildandshowingpornographytoachildis
sexualabuse.

ChildProstitutionandChildImageAbuse
Globalnumbersareuncertainhundredsofthousands,maybemillionsofchildrenaresexually
exploited.Theyaresoldforprostitutionandpornography,sometimestopayofffamilydebtsand
alwaystosatisfythehugeglobaldemandforsexwithchildren.Nevertheless,somepeopledonot
realizethataveryhighpercentageofsexworkersareminors(morethat30percentfortheGreater
MekongSubRegion).

ChildSexTourism
Wespeakaboutchildsextourismwhenforeignersanddomestictravelerssexuallyexploitchildren.
Mosttimespeoplefromdevelopedcountries(wherelawsarebetterenforced)cometodeveloping
countriestobuychildrenforsex.However,childsextourismexistsineverycountryandshouldnot
belabeledasaThirdWorldissue.

Neglect
Neglectmeanswhenaparentfailstoprovidedevelopmentfortheirchildinoneormoreofthe
followingareas:health,education,emotionaldevelopment,nutrition,shelterandsafeliving
conditions.Wedontspeakofneglectwhenitresultsfrompoverty,asituationwhereparentshave
nopossibilitytoprovidefortheirchild.

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Foradetailedlistofreferences,pleaseseeeachsectionin:http://www.childsafe
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EmotionalAbuse
Abusingchildrenemotionallyincludesconstantcriticism,threats,orrejection,aswellaswithholding
love,support,orguidance.Itcanalsomeanthatchildrenareforcedtoholdresponsibilities
inappropriatetotheirage.Itcanbeabehaviorthatimpairsachildsemotionaldevelopmentor
senseofselfworth.

ChildLabor
Anestimated246millionchildrenworldwideareforcedtowork.Manyofthoseworkinhazardous
situationsorconditions,suchasworkinginmines,workingwithchemicalsandpesticidesin
agricultureorworkingwithdangerousmachinery.Childlabor,infactories,onthestreets,as
domesticservantsetc,allthreatenschildrenseducationandoftenleadstofurtherexploitationand
abuse.

Trafficking
Crimesofchildtraffickingiscommittedonnationalandcrossborderlevelsandisusuallyrelatedto
thesexorlaborindustry.InAsiaalone,1.2millionchildrenaretraffickedeachyear(ILO).Other
reasonsfortraffickingofchildren:transferorgansofchildren,marriageandillegaladoption.

DangersofUnsafeMigration
Peoplemigrateformanyreasonswithinstates,overnationalbordersandtoothercontinents:tofind
employment,toaccesshealthservices,toreunifywiththeirfamilyetc.Childrenareaffectedby
migrationindifferentways.Theyeithermigratewiththeirparents,alone,withfriendsortheyare
leftbehindwhenfamilymembersmigrate.Allthesesituationsputchildrenathighriskofabusesuch
aschildlabor,neglect,physicalviolence,conflictwiththelaw,etc.

DrugAbuse
Childrenusedrugsformanydifferentreasons;itmightbepeerpressureorthesearchforawayout
ofadesperatesituation.Drugabuseofanykindmarihuana,cocaine,heroin,amphetamines,glue,
etcareextremelydangerousforchildrensandyouthshealthandtheireducationalandsocial
development.Drugabusebypregnantwomenbringsextremehealthrisksforthechild.Parentswho
usedrugsoftencommitphysicalchildabuseorfailtoprotecttheirchildswellbeing.

IllegalAdoption
Highrequestofchildrenforadoptioninmanywesterncountriesleadstothesellingandtraffickingof
childrenindevelopingcountries.Manypotentialparentsarewillingtopayhighamountsto
expeditetheprocess.Takingchildrenawayfromtheirsocietyandcultureisseldomthebestsolution
fororphansnomatterhowpoortheirsocietymightbe.
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WhosInvolved

ChildSafeworkswithalltiersofsocietyandtheinternationalcommunity.Eachgrouphasaunique
formofinvolvementwithinthenetwork.
x ChildSafeImplementersareorganizationswhoarepartoftheCYTIAlliance(organizations
providinghighqualityservicesforvulnerableurbanchildrenandyouth)whoimplementthe
campaignintheirgeographicarea
x CNmembersindividuals:individualswhohavebeentrainedandcertifiedChildSafe

x CNmembersbusinesses:Entities(businessornonprofit)thatareactivelyinvolvedinthe
ChildSafeNetworkdefinedthroughauniquepartnershipagreement.
x Referralpartnersareorganizationswhoprovideservicesforvulnerablechildreninsituations
ofrisk:e.g.police,hospitals,NGOs
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x Referral:CNmembersorpartnerswhotakedirectactiontoensurethatchildrenandyouth
receiveprofessionalservicestoaccommodatetheirneeds.
x ChildSafeNetworkAllianceMemberscanbemayorbusinesseswhodonthavedirect
contacttochildrenbuthaveastrongroletoplayintheirsocietyandcanhelptocarry
ChildSafemessages
x ChildSafealwaysseeksforinvolvementofthegovernment,thiscanbeeitherinformsof
MoUsorimplementation/managementofimplementerswithintheirgeographicalareas
x ChildSafeprovidesclearmessagesonbasicchildprotectionskillstoforeigntravelersintheir
countriesoforiginaswellasisprojectcountrieswherechildrenareathighrisk
x ChildSafeprovidesmessagesandeasytousetoolstothelocalcommunitiestoraise
awarenessaboutrisksforchildrenandhowtoprotectthem.
x AnareaisdefinedAnareaisdefinedasspecialzonesdefinedbyFriendsProgramsorCYTI
Alliancemembers,wheretargetpopulationsareactive.

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ChildSafeImplementers
ChildSafeNetworkworkswithandsupportsotherorganizationstoprovideafullrangeofhigh
qualityservicesspecificallydesignedforchildrenandyoutharoundtheworld.Theseorganizations
canbecomeChildSafeImplementers.Thismeanstheyareauthorizedtotrainandcertifymembers
andpartners.
Theseorganizationsshouldbeexpertsintheirgeographicareasworkingwithvulnerablechildrenand
youthandtheyshouldhaveoutreachservicesandothersupportservicesforChildSafestarget
group.ChildSafeimplementingorganizationscanalsohavetheroleasareferralpartnerwhere
ChildSafeNetworkmemberscanbringchildrento.
ChildSafeImplementersreceivecontinuoussupportfromtheChildSafeNetworkCountry
Coordinator.

ReferralInstitutions
ReferralinstitutionsareservicesthatChildSafeanditsimplementersworkwithinordertoallow
childrenandyouthtoreceivethebestpossibleservices:thiscanincludespecializedgovernmentalor
nongovernmentalservicesforchildrenaswellashospitals,thepoliceorlegalinstitutions.
Thereferralmanagerhasclearagreementsandprocesseswiththereferralinstitutionsintheareaas
wellaslistswithalldetailsoftheagenciestomakereferraleasy.
Allreferralsarefollowedupuntilaclearcaseplanismade.

ChildSafeMembersIndividuals
ChildSafemembersareindividualswholiveorworkindirectcontactorvicinityasthetargeted
childrenoryouth.TrainedonChildSafeprotectionpolicies,theyknowhowtoprotectchildrenfrom
formsofabuseanddangersthattheycanwitnessintheirdailylife(suchashelpingchildrenwhoare
newinthecity,childrenwhooverdoseondrugs,reportingpotentialsexualabuse,interveningand
reportingphysicalabuseanddiscrimination,providingfirstaidandreferringchildrentoanhospital
afterafightoraccident).

ChildSafemembersarecertifiedindividuals.Certificationfollowsaclearprocessasillustratedon
thefollowingpage.
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ChildSafeMembersBusinessEntities
ChildSafePartnersarebusinessentitiesthatarecertifiedafteritsemployeesandmanagementhave
receivedtrainingandtesting.Duringtheirdaytodayworktheycanbeindirectcontactwithchildren
atrisk(childrenatriskofsexualabuse,beggingchildrenetc.).
ThemanagementofChildSafePartnersagreestodisplaytheChildSafePolicyinthebusinessvenue.
TheyalsoallowregulartrainingsandrefreshersbythelocalChildSafeteam,includingchild
protectionarticlesinemploymentcontracts,displayingChildSafematerialsandpromotingthevalues
ofthecampaignaswellaskeepingupcontactwiththelocalChildSafeteamandexchanging
information.
AllChildSafemembersarecertifiedasabusinessandallstaffwhichhasreceivedtrainingandpassed
thetestarereceiveacertificatewhichisonlyvalidinconnectiontotheemploymentwiththe
respectiveChildSafebusiness.
Certificationfollowsthesameprocessasindividuals.

TourOperatorsandTravelAgencies
TheaimofpartnershipswithTourOperatorsandTravelAgenciesistobetterprotectchildrenfrom
thepossiblenegativeimpactsoftourism.Thepositiveimpactofthepartnershipsisasafer
environmentforchildrenthroughawarenessraisingfortourists,andtrainingonChildSafeissuesto
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arethemainproblemsstreetchildrenfacearoundtheworld,howdoestourismharmchildreninthe
countryandwhatcantravelersdotoprotectchildrenduringtheirtrip.Bypassingthisinformationon
totheirtourgroups,ChildSafecertifiedtourleadersactasmultipliersorchangeagents.
Furthermore,certifiedcompanyincludeschildprotectionarticlesinallemployeecontractswith
guidesandleadersand/orstaffthathasreceivedtrainingsignsaChildSafeagreementboth
ensuringthatstaffthemselvesdoesnotgetawaywithactivitieswhichharmchildren.Additionally,
ChildSafeTourOperatorspassoutChildSafeinformationtotheirclientsatthebeginningofthetrip
andpromotethecampaignontheirwebsiteandthroughothermeans.
1 ChildSafeTourGuidesandleaders:
WorkasmultipliersencouragingtheirclientstofollowChildSafebehaviors:
UseChildSafemembersservices,supportthenetwork.
TheyunderstandandfollowtheChildSafe7TravelerTips(internationaland/orcountry
specific)

Theyareawareofthedangersoforphanageandslumtourism,anindustrythatis
sometimesmoreconcernedaboutmoneythatthewelfareofchildren.

AChildSafepartnershouldknow:
Theimplementingorganization,FriendsInternationalandlocalpartners
ChildSafeactivitiesinothercountries
hotlinenumbers/numberofChildSafeteammember+police
beabletobrieflyexplaintohis/hercustomersaboutChildSafe

Potentialnewmembersandpartners
ChildSafeaimstotrainnewtypesofmembersandpartners.Eachimplementingpartnerisfreeto
proposenewpotentialmembersandpartnerstotheChildSafeNetworkCountryCoordinatorfor
consideration.

ChildSafeSafeSpots
AllChildSafemembersandpartnerswithafixedlocationcanbecomeChildSafeSafeSpotswhere
childrenareallowedtofindtemporaryshelterfromabuseandrisk.Thesespecialmembersand
partnerswillbetrainedtowelcomechildrenwhoareinneedandtocallthelocalChildSafeHotline
team.Thestaffknowshowtotreatthechildrespectfully.
ChildrenintheareawillbeinformedaboutallChildSafeSafeSpotswheretheycanalwaysgotoseek
help.
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ChildSafeAlliancePartners
TheobjectiveoftheChildSafeAllianceistoincludebusinesses,NGOsandgovernmentbodiesto
helpstrengthenthenetworkbysupportingChildSafecampaignsandvolunteeringtohelpbuild
ChildSafeNetworkbusinesses.Typically,membersofthealliancedonothavedirectlinkstochildren,
buthaveaninfluentialimpactonthecommunitywherechildrenreside.Itsanopportunityfor
businessestodemonstratetheircorporatesocialresponsibilityendeavors.
BeingaChildSafeAlliancepartnerisawayofreachingouttothecommunitythroughatrusted
channel.Inreturn,CAmembershelppromoteChildSafecampaigns.ChildSafeAlliancememberswill
receivebasictrainingonChildSafephilosophyandworktowardsapartnershipagreementthat
promotesChildSafecampaignstotheirclients.Theagreementistailormadetosuitthestrengths
andlimitationsofeachCApartner.

AChildSafeAlliancepartnershipalwaysincludes:
SigningapartnershipagreementwithFriendsInternational
Includingchildprotectionarticlesinallemployeecontracts
PromotingChildSafethroughinternalandexternalchannels
Implementatailormadeprojectsuitingthenatureofthespecificcompanyororganization.

GovernmentPartners
MemorandumofUnderstanding(MoUs)withtopandmiddlelevelgovernment
ChildSafealwayswantstoensurethattheprojectissupportedbythegovernmentandinlinewith
theirpoliciesandplans.Forthisreason,ChildSafealwaysseeksforMoUswiththerelative
authorities,e.g.Ministries(MinistryofTourism,MinistryofInterior,MinistryofYouth/Education
etc),provincialgovernorsormunicipalities.

ChildSafeTrainingswithgovernmentstaffandadministration
ChildSafefurthermoreisinapositiontotraingovernmentsandmakethemmoreawareaboutchild
protectionissuesandservices.Withtheirdirectparticipation,ChildSafecanbecomeasustainable
programinfieldareas.

Travelers
Tourismhasmanypositiveimpactsondevelopingcountries.Buttravelersoftenunwillinglyand
unknowinglyincreasethevulnerabilityofchildren,especiallystreetchildren.
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ChildSafeprovidesmessagestotravelersaboutstreetchildrenandorganizationsthathelpthemasa
meanstoimprovetheirbehaviortostreetchildren.

LocalCommunities
BasedonproximityofFriendsProgramsorimplementingpartnersactivities,smallnetworksare
developedtoprovideadditionalsupporttochildrenandyouth.Keypeoplewithinthesecommunities
aretrainedtounderstandandpreventchildabuse.
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ChildSafeTools

ChildSafehasdevelopedseveraltoolsthatcanbeadaptedforeachprojectcountryandcity.
TrainingMaterials
Inordertotrainmembersandpartners,ChildSafeusesveryvisualcommunicationtools,preferably
intheformofpicturecards.Thesepicturecardspresentsituationsthetraineecanfindhim/herselfin
andnegativebehaviorandtheresultingnegativeoutcomeofthesituationaswellasthesame
situationwiththepotentialmemberactinginapositivewayresultinginapositiveoutcomeofthe
situationforthechildaswellasforthememberitself.Oneadvantageofthepicturecardsisthat
theycanbeusedwithliterateaswellaswithilliteratepeople.
MemberPromotion
ChildSafeNetworkrecognizesthatsimplemoralitybasedmessagesarenotsufficientandnot
effectivetocreatebehaviorchange;thereforethe'ChildSafe'campaignemphasizesachangein
behaviorthroughaneconomic(enlightenedselfinterest)perspective.Throughtheuseofsocial
marketingtools,'ChildSafe'providesclearmessagesandpromotesbehaviorsthatprovidean
opportunitytoimproveincomewhileprotectingchildren:"GoodClients,GoodBusiness".Thisalso
workswithbiggerbusinessesandcompanieswhogainrespectofcustomersbyclearlyshowingtheir
valuesandsocialresponsibilitythroughproudlydisplayingtheChildSafelogoandmessages.

ChildSafeCertifiedProducts
ProductsproducedwithinprojectsofselectorganizationscanbecertifiedChildSafeifallstandards
forChildSafeCertifiedProductsarefulfilled.Amongthesestandardsare:
x nochildlabor
x producedbyparentssochildrencangotoschool
x producedbyyouthintrainingsotheycanfindemployment
x cleardivisionofprofitsandaccountability
x sustainabilityoftheproject
x regularreportingabouttheprojecttoFriendsInternational

The ChiluSafe Netwoik Chaitei Page

Website
ChildSafehasaprogramwebsitewww.childsafeinternational.orgtoreachmostoftheinternational
travelerstoourprojectcountries.Therearelinksforallprojectcountrieswhicharepromotedlocally
(www.childsafecambodia.org,www.childsafethailand.org).
Thewebsitetargetsawideaudiencewithitsspecificsections:travelerstoprojectcountries,existing
andprospectusmembers,partners,alliancepartnersandimplementers.
Itprovidesinformationaboutthe:
x Backgroundofchildabuse
x BackgroundonChildSafeproject
x Listingsofallbusinesspartnersandmembers
x Listingsofimplementingpartners
x ChildSafeCaseStudies
x ChildSafeTips
x Campaigns
The ChiluSafe Netwoik Chaitei Page

ContactInformation

DirectcontactcanbemadetoCountryRepresentativeslistedonwww.childsafeinternational.orgor
www.friendsinternational.org
Overallcoordinationcontactcanbemadeat:mark@friendsinternational.org
Orgeneralinquiriescanbemadeat:childsafe@friendsinternational.org