The owner and management of Villa Inle Resort and Spa recognise a duty of care to safeguard all children who are staying or visiting the hotel grounds. The hotel is committed to prevent child exploitation in all forms. This includes child labour, sexual exploitation or any other potentially harmful tourism activities such as orphanage visits.
Villa Inle Resort and Spa has signed up to ‘The Code” which promotes international ‘child protection’ principles regarding sexual exploitation of children in the hospitality sector. ‘The Code’ policy serves as a guiding document with procedures for staff on how to proceed in the event of a child protection case or emergency. This policy is effective from 1 June 2016 onwards.
Villa Inle Resort and Spa has committed to the following activities:
Our actions include:
- • Training of all staff and management on all aspects of child protection and prevention of child abuse and exploitation.
- • Provision of relevant education and information to guests.
- • Having reporting systems and procedures in place internally and with local authorities/NGOs.
- • Submission of reports to ‘The Code’ organization.
- • Promotion of child protection policy to suppliers and partners.
- • Zero tolerance for any sexual exploitation of children within the hotel grounds.
- • Positively support the community and local youth through training initiatives and social development programmes.
Guidance to Staff
The following general principles are to be adhered to by all staff:
- • No foreign guests are allowed to bring local minors (below 18 years old) in to the hotels rooms and Spa.
- • Local adults trying to check in with Minors are to prove that they are family members or relatives.
- • Should circumstances make the said adult change his or her mind about staying in our hotel and request for assistance in making reservations in any other hotels, we will refuse to do so.
- • If there is any adult watching or taking photo of kids in the pool area, the duty manager is to see if they are of same family and if not, politely ask them to stop doing so.
- • The Human Resource manager is the first point of contact should staff require assistance in understanding the policy and procedures. Staff should also contact HR, their head of department or the GM with reports of suspicious situations, specific incidents or suspect behaviour.
- • It is the responsibility of any staff member to report any concerns with regard to child safety to their head of department, General Manager or the Human Resource manager.
- • If staff, become aware of an issue or potential issue with regard to child protection, either through direct observation or if it is brought to their notice, or if they have any cause for concern, they must treat this as a priority, and address it immediately.
- • If staff wish to seek advice with regard to a specific incident or area of concern, they may consult the Human Resources department, Head of department or the General Manager.
Should any staff member have questions regarding these policies and procedures, the staff member can seek the assistance of superiors or talk to HR.
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