ImpacTrip works according to a series of principles to ensure the programs’ quality and effectiveness of our positive impact on local communities. To ensure the transparency of what we do, we publicly disclose those policies here on the website. Check our most important policies below:
CHILDREN PROTECTION POLICY
At ImpacTrip we aim at being 100% transparent in all programs and experiences we promote.
We are committed to meet the highest standards regards children protection, including their right, freedom, security and well-being. Our first and most important priority is to make sure our programs and experiences are creating a positive impact on the beneficiaries we support, in this case, vulnerable children.
As a company, and through our international volunteer programs we want to make sure children are not exposed to abuse, exploitation, violence or any kind of neglection. We recognize and understand the importance of creating and respecting effective policies and processes to protect the welfare and interests of the communities and individuals that our programs impact. Furthermore, we also recognize in the particular case of our Children Education Program, that particular risks exist in relation how we and our volunteers interact with children and it is our priority to ensure that those risks are mitigated through the effective implementation of this and other related policies.
This policy applies to all dimensions of the company, from its staff members to clients and suppliers. Specifically, this policy is applicable to:
- All our employees in all countries we operate in;
- All programs in which our clients interact with children in all countries we operate in;
- All suppliers we choose to work with.
This Children Protection Policy is an organization-wide policy and statement of intent that acknowledges that every ImpacTrip volunteer and every member of our organization has a responsibility to support the care and protection of children.
It also considers that ImpacTrip does not hold sole responsibility for protecting these members of society and identifies that their protection is also mandatory upon other stakeholders such as government agencies, families groups and non-government organizations.
We are committed to operate by a policy of non-discrimination at all times. This policy establishes that all children who have an interaction with our volunteers will be treated with respect and equal consideration.
Our policy principles state that ImpacTrip will, at all times:
- Respect the rights and dignity of the children and their families and communities with whom we interact with, and always act according to their best interests.
- Actively prevent the abuse of children.
- Take positive action to prevent abusers becoming involved with ImpacTrip’s programs and experiences.
Relation with non-profit partners
ImpacTrip conducts a regular monitorization of each non-profit associated with its programs. This evaluation is specially serious on non-profits supporting vulnerable children. Our monitorization involves personal site inspections, staff interviews and regular unannounced visits. We always visit the non-profit personally and several times before allocating any volunteer there to ensure the quality and relevance of their work to support children wellbeing. We reserve the right to terminate our partnership with any non-profit not complying with the law or any practice that may affect negatively the children they support. We are committed to allocate volunteers only on non-profits in which their work will be relevant and beneficial.
In order to protect vulnerable children we set the following set of practices:
- This policy is part on the onboarding of each and every staff member.
- This policy is publicly available on the website and, to be accepted on programs related with children, clients are required to agree with this policy.
- We reserve the right to exclude any client from a program if the non-profit partner indicates that the client is not suitable to work with children or if any of our staff members identifies any risk behavior or any other reason.
- All clients must comply with the specific rules of the non-profit they are supporting. Those rules and principles underline different behaviors and actions that our clients should avoid which may constitute poor practice or potential abuse and exploitation. We recognize the importance of continuous monitorization of the application of this policy and we are committed to continuing improving its effectiveness.