Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

 
         DO:
  • Treat all people with dignity & respect.
  • Provide an example that you would wish others to follow.
  • Respect people’s right to personal privacy.
  • Plan activities which involve more than one person being present, or at least within sight or hearing of others.
  • Follow National Procedures & Guidance (summarised in the Parish Resource Pack).
  • Encourage children, young people & vulnerable adults to feel comfortable to point out attitudes or behaviour they don’t like.
  • Remember that others might interpret your actions, no matter how well intentioned.
  • Recognise that caution is required even in sensitive moments of counseling, such as when dealing with bullying, bereavement/ suspicions of abuse.
  • Challenge unacceptable behaviour and report all allegations/suspicions of abuse.
         DO NOT:
  • Permit abusive peer activities (ridiculing, bullying).
  • Play physical contact games with children & young people.
  • Have any inappropriate physical or verbal contact with others.
  • Jump to conclusions without checking facts.
  • Show favoritism to any individual.
  • Make suggestive remarks or gestures, even in fun.
  • Let suspicion, disclosure or allegations of abuse go unrecorded or unreported.
        RESPONDING TO CONCERNS
  • Listen and keep on listening.
  • Don’t ask questions.
  • Don’t promise confidentiality.
  • Accept what you are being told without interruption.
  • Record the facts as you know them and pass them to your Safeguarding Representative or Safeguarding Department.
  • Ensure the immediate safety of a child, young person or vulnerable adult.
  • Do not tell parents or talk to others.
  • If there is an urgent concern contact the Police or Social Services.