To participate in any CISV international programme, parents and participants aged 16+, as well as adult leaders and staff, need to sign a legal form. These forms have been reviewed to make sure they are in line with our policies and legal requirements. That has meant a few changes and new forms have been released for the late 2017 programme season onwards.
We hope you find this information helpful in adapting to the updated forms.
The main change is about age. Our Child Protection Policy and Procedures (Updated March 2019) and Behaviour Policy both state that the age of adulthood is 18. Our old legal forms treated 21 as adult (in line with our previous policy). The updated legal forms treat anyone age 18+ on the day of departure for the programme as an adult. As an adult, they can consent on their own and do not require parental consent.
This means that people aged 18+ who would have used the TWAL before, will now be using the Adult Legal Form and do not require parental consent. Sending and hosting NAs need to be aware of this, including programme staff. As you see in the table that you can download below, this mainly affects programmes where the age of participants includes 18 – 20.
The same change has also been made in the Health Form. Parental signature is now only needed for children and youth under 18. In addition 16 and 17 year olds are also asked to sign the Health Form (in the same way that they are asked to sign the legal form).
No. As of the 2018 programme year, the only accepted legal forms are the Child Travelling with Leader Legal Form, the Child Travelling Alone Legal Form, and the Adult Legal Form. Please make sure that all your programme leaders and staff are aware of this change.