Keeping people safe

EIL UK is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare, learning and personal development of all individuals. We expect all staff, partners and volunteers to share this commitment. Safeguarding our participants, host families and staff is of critical importance to EIL UK and we work closely with ChildSafe; the child protection charity.

Based at Avon and Somerset Constabulary Headquarters near Bristol (United Kingdom), ChildSafe aims to safeguard and prevent the abuse of children and young people away from home, particularly in the global youth travel sector. They are not only based at a police headquarters but also have their origins firmly rooted in the investigative and pro-active work of the police. Working with a wide range of partners in the public, private and voluntary sector, ChildSafe continues to seek out new ways to keep children and young people safe.

EIL UK and ChildSafe recognise that providing a home for a foreign visitor can be a rewarding but also challenging experience, for adults and children. For this reason EIL UK makes the Travel-Safe Advice for Host Families booklet available. This booklet is essential reading for families who wish to host a young person as part of an educational, cultural or language exchange programme. It provides invaluable information and advice on how to provide a safe and secure environment for everyone involved.