Community > Safeguarding Children > Code of Conduct (Adults)

In order to support the diocesan policy and procedures it is necessary that the following Code of Conduct be applied as a minimum standard for all those who work with children and young people.

  • Children/young people will be treated with courtesy, respect and dignity
  • Leaders will always engage with children/young people in an open manner and care will be taken not to show favouritism
  • There will be an adequate ratio of leaders to children/young people at all times.
  • Leaders should not work alone with children/young people
  • Care will be taken to ensure that when working with mixed gender groups leaders of mixed gender will work in pairs
  • Leaders will not consume alcohol or smoke while having responsibility for or in the presence of young people who are in their care
  • The use of drugs or illegal substances by leaders is strictly prohibited . Under no circumstances should Church personnel give alcohol, tobacco or drugs to children/young people
  • Leaders will not be permitted to use inappropriate language or make sexually suggestive comments, either to each other or to children/young people
  • Physical contact between children, young people, will be of an appropriate nature at all times. Leaders will not engage in rough play with each other or with children/young people
  • Leaders will not undertake any task of a personal nature with children, young people except in the case of medical necessity when the welfare of the children, young people depends on it
  • Leaders will not give their personal details to children, young people
  • Personal details of children/young people will be held only by the named leader/designated person
  • The right to privacy of children/young people will be respected at all times
  • Where a Church activity involves the use of computers, an email and internet policy will be put in place
  • Permission will be sought from parents/guardians for the taking and use of photographs
  • There will be clearly designated leaders within each group with whom the children/young people can speak about their experience and raise any concerns
  • The Diocese will have a designated person assigned to whose immediate attention all concerns and or/complaints can be brought
  • The designated person will respond promptly to all child protection concerns and liaise with the required civil and Church authorities
  • All concerns, complaints will be followed through in a timely and efficient manner in accordance with guidelines
  • The diocese will have a specific code of conduct for all away trips including pilgrimages, day trips and incentive events. This code of conduct will be made known to the children/young people as well as to leaders, parents, guardians/carers
  • A code of conduct including an anti-bullying policy specific to children/young people will be drawn up in direct consultation with children and young people

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