Going to a CISV camp abroad for up to a month is an exciting prospect for the children who will participate – but perhaps a little daunting for their parents!

We understand. CISV has over 60 years experience organizing camp-based programs for children and young people.

CISV International has comprehensive child protection policy and procedures, which are reviewed and updated regularly. Additionally, CISV Canada has their own child protection procedures, which are in line Canadian legislation, requirements and best practices. As a chapter of CISV Canada, CISV Vancouver is required to meet or exceed all national and international child protection, safety and risk management policies.

All of our program staff and leaders receive child protection, risk management and leadership training to prepare them to take care of your child.

The safety of each child in our care is paramount. Many of our volunteers are parents who are sending their own children to CISV programs in other countries – or may have done so in the past. They share our commitment to, and your concern for, the welfare of your child.

Our child protection and risk management procedures ensure that:

  • All program staff and leaders are locally selected and trained to international standard
  • Confidential references are reviewed locally
  • All program staff and leaders are carefully screened and police-checked, in line with national procedures and international standards
  • All children (under 16) travel with an adult leader aged over 21
  • Hosting families are carefully screened CISV members

YOUNG PEOPLE FIRST: Child protection and safety in CISV and our commitment to the safety of all our members

If you have any doubts or any child protection concerns, past or present, please contact us in confidence at safety@cisv.org.


A full risk assessment is conducted at the start of every program and our program staff are supported by our local, regional and international network of experienced Risk Managers. All of our participants are required to carry insurance and to provide detailed medical and health information. At every program there is a qualified first-aider. They are responsible for any basic first aid, the organization and distribution of medicines, liaising with local doctors and hospitals as necessary and keeping all records relating to any illness or accident. Medical care is always within easy reach. In the rare event of illness or accident, parents are called at the first opportunity and updated with full information on what steps have been taken to help their child.

PDF Download CISV International Child Protection Policies & Procedures.