Protection and safety of participants
Protection and safety of young people involved in Youth in Action projects are important principles of the Programme. All young persons participating in the Youth in Action Programme deserve the opportunity to achieve their full potential in terms of social, emotional and spiritual development. This could only be assured in a safe environment which respects and protects rights of young persons and safeguards and promotes their welfare.
In its simplest form, protection and safety address every young person's right not to be subjected to harm. In that perspective, there is no issue that is not potentially in some way related to young person's safety and protection. Protection in this context covers all kinds of inappropriate behaviour, including sexual and moral harassment, but also intercultural problems, insurance, accidents, fire, alcohol and substance abuse, neglect, bullying, degrading treatment or punishment, etc.
The fundamental objective is to ensure that all those who work together with young people recognize a duty to safeguard the protection of young people and are able to fulfil this duty. To this end each promoter participating in the Youth in Action Programme should have in place effective procedures and arrangements to promote and guarantee the welfare and protection of young people. This will help to enhance the young people's experience as a safe, effective and enjoyable learning experience.
With this regard, all participants directly involved in Youth in Action projects must be insured against the risks linked to their participation in these projects. Apart from the European Voluntary Service which foresees a specific insurance policy (cfr. Part B, Action 2 of Youth in Action Guide), the Youth in Action Programme does not define a unique format of insurance, nor does it recommend specific insurance companies. The Programme leaves it up to project promoters to seek the most suitable insurance policy according to the type of project carried out and to the insurance formats available at national level. Furthermore, it is not necessary to stipulate a project-specific insurance, if the participants are already covered by insurance policies previously stipulated by the project promoters. In any circumstances, the following areas must be covered:
- Wherever relevant, travel insurance (including damage or loss of luggage)
- Third party liability (including, wherever appropriate, professional indemnity or insurance for responsibility)
- Medical assistance, including after care
- Accident and serious illness (including permanent or temporary incapacity)
- Death (including repatriation in case of projects carried out abroad)
- Legal assistance fees
- Wherever relevant, special insurance for particular circumstances such as outdoor activities.
Finally, if projects involve young people under 18, project promoters are requested to ask the authorisation of participation to parents or those acting on their behalf.