Code of Conduct for sustaining a nurturing environment for our children & young people
Key principles to remember
- Keep the needs and wellbeing of the child at the centre of all you do.
- Treat all children and young people with respect & dignity.
- Challenge any behaviour that concerns you and goes against guidelines or procedures. Expect others to work in an open and accountable way, question the practice of others if necessary.
If you have any concerns about a child, young person you must report this to the person responsible for safeguarding (Alison Rollinson / Helen Ross)
- All physical contact should be an appropriate response to the child’s needs not the needs of the adult.
- If you must to be alone with a child (e.g. they have asked for help with the toilet) make sure another adult knows where you are going and why and how long you expect to be – invite them to come to check on you if you are longer than expected.
- Never engage in rough, physical or sexually provocative games.
- Never allow or engage in any form of inappropriate touching or physical abuse
It takes a village to raise a child. ~ African Proverb
At Bethesda, we want everyone to feel like part of a family. Our children and young people are loved and cherished by everyone and we want them to feel secure at all times. While parents are of course ultimately responsible for their own children, we all have a duty to provide a safe and nurturing environment while at church or church related events.
Please keep these guidelines in mind during all interactions with our children and young people.
Verbal & emotional interactions
- Never single children out to embarrass them or show favouritism
- Work and communicate openly and in an open environment, to avoid situations that could be misinterpreted.
- Be aware of the power and trust held as a person in a position of trust.