SAFEGUARDING – CODE OF CONDUCT

February 2017

This code applies to all adults and students working as part of School Clubs, whatever their position, role or responsibility

  • Work in an open and transparent way. Always act, and be seen to act, in the child’s best interests. Treat all children equally and with respect.
  • Provide an example of good conduct you wish others to follow.
  • Remember that someone else might misinterpret your actions, no matter how well intentioned.
  • Challenge unacceptable behaviour and report all allegations/suspicions of abuse.
  • Discuss and/or take advice promptly from your line manager or another senior member of staff over any incident which may give rise to concern.
  • Know the name of your Designated Officer for Child Protection, be familiar with local child protection arrangements and understand your responsibilities with regard to the safeguarding and protection of children and young people.
  • Treat information received about children and young people in a discreet and confidential manner. Be cautious when passing information to others about a child/young person, making sure this is on a need to know basis only; if in any doubt, seek advice from a senior member of staff.
  • Ensure that, whenever possible, there is more than one adult present during activities with children (or where the staff member or volunteer is under 18) or at least that you are within sight or hearing of others. If you are asked to talk in private ensure someone else knows where you are and leave a door ajar or stay in clear view, always make a note of the conversation, tell the child or young person they are free to leave or stop talking at anytime.
  • Adopt high standards of personal conduct.
  • Ensure that you declare any gift received from a child/parent which is substantial in nature.
  • Always be prepared to explain your actions and accept that all physical contact is open to scrutiny.
  • Always adhere to the school’s behaviour policy.
  • All children have a right to safety, privacy and dignity when contact of an intimate nature is required (for example assisting with toileting or removing wet/soiled clothing). A care plan should be drawn up and agreed with parents for all children who require intimate care on a regular basis. Be aware of our Intimate Care Policy. Children should be encouraged to act as independently as possible and to undertake as much of their own personal care as is practicable.  When assistance is required, ensure that another appropriate adult is in the vicinity and is aware of the task to be undertaken.
  • The curriculum can sometimes include or lead to unplanned discussion about subject matter of a sensitive nature. Responding to pupils’ questions can require careful judgement and you may wish to take guidance in these circumstances from a senior member of staff.
  • Please follow the school policy on the use of IT equipment, Internet Safety and refer to the Acceptable Use Policy.
  • Please use your professional judgement and dress appropriately for the role you have.
  • Avoid adult conversations and swearing on the premises as there is always a chance that a pupil could be in ear-shot.
  • Never show favouritism to any individual or jump to conclusions about others without checking facts.

Social Networking Sites: This is a potential mine-field for staff working with children:

  • NEVER use personal social network accounts to contact young people. Work related accounts may be used with management approval. Such sites should be able to be checked and audited by managers.
  • Ensure there are tight privacy settings on any online profile you have.
  • Friend requests from children and young people, or their families, should be declined by explaining it is against the organisations policy to do so.
  • There must be absolutely no private online contact between professionals and any young people with whom they have a work-related relationship.
  • Never discuss school or workshop issues, members of staff or pupils

Adapted from Guidance and the ‘Guidance for Safe Working Practice for the Protection of Children and Staff in Education Settings’ DfE 2005