ABTA Launches Refreshed Child Safeguarding Training

ABTA is launching a refreshed version of 'Every child, everywhere', an online tool to help staff working in the travel industry to protect children visiting and living in destinations

The training was developed in partnership with ECPAT UK – a leading children’s rights organisation.

The online tool covers all child-safeguarding issues relevant to the travel industry, including encouraging staff to report potential cases of child labour and offering specific advice to staff responsible for managing the contracting and subcontracting supply chain.

The refreshed e-learning has different courses for different audiences, and covers:

Risks to children of abuse and exploitation in travel and tourism sector
Developing child safeguarding policies and procedures
Implementing child safeguarding policies and procedures

ABTA’s aim is to ensure that travel industry staff – from travel agent staff to tour operator representatives based in resort – are well equipped to deal with any issues they may become aware of, recognising the important role they can have in looking out for and reporting potentially abusive behaviour.

ABTA has been taking an active role in supporting child safeguarding, and has worked closely with ECPAT UK on child welfare issues for many years. Following the Modern Slavery Act and UN Guiding Principles, many businesses are increasingly managing the risks of trafficking and modern slavery in their operations and supply chain. To reflect this, ABTA has continued its work in this field by developing an updated version of the training.

The training is the third course to be introduced on ABTA’s Knowledge Zone, an e-learning portal which is part of ABTA’s commitment to keeping the travel industry informed about key industry issues and to support on-going learning and career development. Members can access the Knowledge Zone either through ABTA’s new education and careers hub or directly at abta.com/abtaknowledgezone.

The online training will be free to ABTA Members. Non-Members can purchase the training tool for £29 per user via the ABTA shop, with discounts available when purchasing more than 10.