This workshop was an additional activity requested by the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism targeting different police departments in the six tourism destinations (Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle, Chaung Tha, and Kaw Thaung). The workshop aimed to improve coordination and information exchange within the police force as well as increase collaboration between responsible Ministries, such as the Myanmar Police Force including local police, tourist police and Anti-trafficking police, child protection policy, the Department of Social Welfare, Ministry of Hotels and Tourism and other related departments.
298 police (197 men + 101 women) were attended from local police, tourist police and Anti-trafficking police and child protection police on February 2018.
The workshop addressed the knowledge gaps of police members on child safe tourism issues and implementing measures. Participants learned how to apply child-friendly police procedures when dealing with children who are victims; they realized the need to timely coordinate actions with other departments, in particular with the tourism police, as they don’t have executive power and need to refer cases to the local police. The training addressed as well the lack of coordination between the Myanmar Police Force and Department of Social Welfare in managing child protection cases in travel tourism sectors.