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First training sessions of ACCOR staff by ECPAT Belgium !

Following the Code of Conduct’s signature by ACCOR Belgium in 2014, the staff must be trained to prevent sexual exploitation of children.

The 8th , 22d and 29th  of  September, ECPAT Belgium conducted training sessions for ACCOR’s managers in order to help their staff to detect and act against child prostitution within their hotels.

Participants raised relevant questions about procedures and the identification of victims. Given the success of this initiative, other trainings will be organized next year.

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ACCOR Belgium signs the Code

Danielle Van Kerckhoven, administrator and founder of ECPAT Belgique (left) & Caro van Eekelen, Chief Operating Officer à ACCOR Hotel Services BeNeLux (right)

ECPAT Belgium is pleased to announce the signing by ACCOR Belgium of the « Code of Conduct for the protection of children against the sexual commercial exploitation in tourism », an important step on the day before the 25th anniversary of the International Convention for the Rights of the Child. Belgium is therefore to become the 37th country in which the hotel group makes this commitment.

The fight against commercial sexual exploitation of children requires the engagement of  all sectors in contact with the victims or the potential abusers. The ACCOR Group is a major actor of the tourism industry with 3600 hotels all around the world. Working alongside ECPAT International since many years through this Code, ACCOR has decided to enhance its commitment by signing the Code at the Belgian level.

This signature marks the beginning of the implementation of the 6 criteria of the Code in Belgium. Concretely, this symbolic act commits the hotel Group to set up clear procedures to fight sexual commercial exploitation of children and to train its staff on the issue in order to prevent and report the abuse.

From January on and in close collaboration with ECPAT Belgium, all staff will be trained to react when facing a suspicious situation of a case of sexual exploitation of children. « No one should let a child being abused, and it is important that every staff member knows what to do in case of a suspicious  situation » has explained Katlijn Declercq, Vice-Chair of ECPAT International. ACCOR Belgium will also have to provide travelers with information on the possibilities to alert on suspicious cases. The group will raise awareness among its customers to the new I say STOP ! website and disseminate ECPAT’s documentation so that they know what to do when a suspicious situation is occurring.

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Train the Trainer and Regional Consultation, 8-11 October, Freiburg

In the framework of the Don’t Look Away project, ECPAT Belgium has participated to Train the Trainer meeting organised by ECPAT Germany in Freiburg (8-10 October). The aim of the meeting was for the ECPAT groups to learn new methodologies in order to train the private sector on the issue of child sexual exploitation.

The seminar was particularly useful, as ECPAT Belgium is preparing training sessions for the staff of the ACCOR hotels, on how to detect and deal with cases of sexual exploitation committed by their clients within their structure.

 

Participants of the ToT and Western Europe Regional Consultation

Participants of the ToT and Western Europe Regional Consultation

 

In the perspective of the ECPAT International General Assembly (December 2014), the Western Europe Regional Consultation was held also in Freiburg (10-11 October), gathering all ECPAT groups coming from the Western part of Europe. The aim of the meeting was to set up the priorities and strategies of the region for the 3 years to come.

 

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