Press Release, Siem Reap September 11, 2016: Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel is proud to announce that we are now fully ChildSafe certified. ChildSafe is an education and training program run by ChildSafe International for hotels and their staff on child protection. Baby Elephant’s staff now all hold ChildSafe Agent certificates.
Children in developing countries like Cambodia can often be exposed to abuse and exploitation, and some adopt risky behaviours in order to survive. ChildSafe certification is a valuable tool in helping to prevent exploitation and improve the lives of Cambodian children.
“We stand committed as a team to improving the lives of children, so we’re very proud that our staff are all ChildSafe certified,” says Baby Elephant CEO Carmel Tulloch. “While we have always had policies in place to protect children, we felt the opportunity to work with ChildSafe International was extremely valuable in ensuring we do everything we can.”
“This is one of many initiatives Baby Elephant is undertaking to become a leader in sustainable boutique hotels,” Carmel says. “We believe in responsible tourism, equitable employment, sustainable environment and ethical development.”
It is estimated that 26% of Cambodia’s adult population is illiterate and 18.6% of the population live below the international poverty line of US$1.25/day. The lives of children in Cambodia are also challenging with 36.1% of children working as child labour and 31.4% of children receiving inadequate care. Cambodia is a source, transit, and destination country for human trafficking. (Statistics from SHERescueHome).
Baby Elephant hotel manager Ravy Loch, a young Cambodian who transitioned from living in a rural village into a Buddhist pagoda before working his way into a career in hospitality and tourism, says it’s great that the team now know extra tasks they can do to help children.
“We learnt a lot from the training. It is related to how to help the kids when they need us. And the certificates have been fantastic for our team spirit,” Ravy said.
About Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel
Baby Elephant is a leading independent hotel in Siem Reap with a mission to improve the lives of those around us and to provide a cheerful, relaxing and enriching stay for guests. Built in 2013 and boasting thirteen striking rooms, each room is freshly refurbished with a blend of contemporary and classic design, and vibrant colours throughout.
Baby Elephant offers a modern, clean and thoroughly well-maintained haven for travellers. Our helpful team aims to facilitate enjoyable, stress-free travel for guests. We offer complimentary airport pickup service, and our knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you in arranging tours to the area’s magnificent temples, as well as all activities Siem Reap has to offer. We offer a boutique hotel oasis which is a little bit removed from the hustle of downtown Siem Reap and Pub Street, yet within easy walking distance.
About ChildSafe International
ChildSafe’s initiatives provide the highest standards of protection to all children and youth, involving key members within all tiers of society and the international community.
ChildSafe seeks to strengthen its immediate environment by empowering strategic members of governments, authorities, local communities, and businesses. Known as ChildSafe Agents, they are trained and certified to identify and respond immediately to a child in danger.
Vulnerable children recognize the ChildSafe logo, which means safe refuge for them. And for anybody faced with child abuse, the ChildSafe hotlines are accessible 24 hours / 7 days a week and managed by social workers who are in the best position to take appropriate actions.
For over 10 years, ChildSafe has advocated for child protection policies and practices.
For interviews please contact:
Ilana Tulloch: Managing Partner, Marketing
Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel
Phone +855 (0) 776 9126