CODE OF CONDUCT

Grace Communion International Ltd

Staff and volunteers are responsible for keeping a professional role with children.  This means establishing and maintaining clear boundaries which serve to protect everyone from misunderstandings.

This Code of Conduct sets out the behaviour which Grace Communion International Ltd expects from all people associated with or representing it.

Purpose

Following this code will help to protect children and young people from abuse and inappropriate behaviour from adults.  All staff and volunteers are expected to maintain a high standard of behaviour and are responsible for supporting the safety, participation, well-being and empowerment of all children.  Having  a Code of Conduct which everyone adheres to also protects the organisation because opportunities for harm are actively reduced.

Upholding this Code of Conduct

All staff and volunteers are expected to report any breaches of this code to the Senior Pastor/Event Co-Ordinator/National Director under the Child Safe policies and procedures put in place by Grace Communion International.

Staff and volunteers who breach this Code of Conduct may be subject to disciplinary procedures, including any breaches involving external workers or volunteers.

All allegations of child abuse will be reported to statutory authorities.

Grace Communion International  condemns all forms of child abuse, discrimination and sexual exploitation. We are committed to creating a culture of child safety within the organisation and maintaining an environment which promotes safety for people involved in our programs including all children, people with a disability, people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

I acknowledge that I have read and understand the Grace Communion International  Child Safe Policy, and agree with that in the course of my association with Grace Communion International.


I WILL:

 

o  Conduct myself in a manner that is consistent with the values of the Grace Communion International

o  Maintain the highest standards of care and respect towards all children regardless of race, colour, gender, language, religion, political,  ethnic or social origin or disability.

o  Provide a welcoming, inclusive and safe environment for all children, young people, parents, staff and volunteers

o  Always consider children’s safety as the highest priority

o  Follow and report any concerns about child abuse in accordance with the Grace Communion International’s child protection policy and  procedures.

o  Contact the police if a child is at immediate risk of abuse (Ph: 000)

o  Listen to and respond to the views and concerns of children, particularly if they are telling you that they or another child have been abused or that they are worried about their safety/the safety of another child.

o  Keep all information regarding child protection concerns confidential, only discussing information with relevant and appropriate people according to the reporting procedures.

o  Promote the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD)  by having a zero tolerance for discrimination.

o  Promote the safety, participation and empowerment of children with a disability by ensuring reasonable care is taken to cater for any additional needs as required.

o  Encourage open communication between all children, young people, parents, staff and volunteers, encourage them to ‘have a say’ and participate in all relevant organisational activities where possible, especially on issues that are important to them.

o  Be transparent in my actions and whereabouts

o  Take responsibility for being accountable and not placing myself in positions where there is a risk of allegations being made. Wherever possible, I will ensure that another adult is present when I am working with or near children but if unavoidable, then ensuring an open and supervised environment be maintained.

o  Self-assess my behaviour, actions, language and relationships with  children.

o  Report any concerns or suspicions regarding abuse by a fellow worker, volunteer, contractor or visitor, via Grace Communion International child protection reporting procedures.

o  Comply with all relevant Australian and local legislation.

o  Comply with my state specific child safe registration requirements (such as the QLD Blue Card registration), which includes providing notification of any change of address, name, or legal status

o  Immediately disclose any information of charges, convictions of abuse and policy non-compliance in accordance with appropriate procedures. This includes disclosing any charges or convictions made against oneself or others.

o  Maintain strict impartiality and avoid favouritism or developing any special relationships with a particular child which could be perceived as favouritism.

o  Ensure any contact with children and young people is appropriate and in the parameters of the program or event.

o  Always ensure language is appropriate, culturally sensitive and reflects that the ideas and opinions of children and young people are heard and valued.

o  Recognise that particular caution is required when you are discussing sensitive issues with children or young people.

o  Challenge unacceptable behaviour and report all allegations or suspicions of abuse.

o  Act as positive role models and provide examples of good conduct in daily activities.

o  Encourage young people and adults to feel comfortable and caring enough to point out attitudes or behaviour they do not like.

o  Ensure compliance with CS Protocols regarding physical contact and touch when working with children and young people.

o  Encourage young people and adults to feel comfortable and caring enough to point out attitudes or behaviour they do not like.

o  Be committed to ongoing training and development.


I WILL NOT:

 

o   Engage in any activity with a child or young person that is likely to physically or emotionally harm them.  

o  Engage in behaviour that is intended to shame, humiliate, belittle or degrade children or young people, in person or on social media.

o  Use inappropriate, offensive, harassing, abusive, sexually provocative, demeaning, culturally inappropriate or discriminatory language when speaking with a child or young person.

o  Allow allegations, suspected abuse, risk of harm or disclosures go  unreported.

o  Initiate unnecessary physical contact or do things of a personal nature that a child can do for him/herself, such as assistance with toileting or changing clothes.  If this is necessary, for example for a child with a disability, I will inform my supervisor first and be as open as possible in my behaviour.

o  Hit or physically assault children.  Corporal punishment is never acceptable. Principles for managing behaviours will be in compliance with the CS protocols.

o  Develop inappropriate or secretive relationships with children or young people.

o  Conduct a sexual relationship with a child or young person or indulge in any form of sexual contact with a child or young person. 

o  Make sarcastic, insensitive, derogatory or sexually suggestive comments or gestures to or in an adult conversation in front of children and young people.

o  Seek to make contact including online or by phone and/or spend time with any child that I come into contact with in my role as a representative of the Grace Communion International outside of the designated times and activities set for performing my task as a representative of the Grace Communion International unless authorized by Supervisor or has parental agreement and is in line with Child Safe Protocols.

o  Condone or participate in behaviour of children that is illegal, unsafe or abusive.

o  Photograph or video a child or young person without the consent of the child and his/her parents or guardian.

o  Act in a way that shows unfair and differential treatment of children and young people by offering special treatment or inappropriate attention for a specific child.

o  Act in a way that can be perceived as threatening or intrusive

o  Release or discuss any personal confidential information about suspected or proven child abuse or protection cases other than with the Child Safe Concerns Person and other parties as designated by them and according to reporting procedures.

o  Use any computer, mobile phone, or video and digital camera to exploit or harass children or any misuse which could damage their image or reputation.

o  Make inappropriate promises to children and young people, particularly in relation to confidentiality.

o  Jump to conclusions about others.

o  Exaggerate or trivialise child abuse issues.

o  Act in a way that can be perceived as threatening or intrusive

o  Work with children or young people while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.

o  Rely on your reputation or that of the organisation to protect  you


I am responsible for my actions and utilise Child Safe standards and best practices to avoid  behaviours that could be in breach of this Code of Conduct and the Child Safe policies of Grace Communion International.

I have read the Grace Communion International Child Safe Policy  and Code of Conduct and have/or will discussed its contents with my Supervisor. I am aware that Grace Communion International expects me to uphold at all times the standards of behaviour described in the Code of Conduct above.

I also understand that disciplinary measures and legal steps will be taken if I am found to be in breach of the Code of Conduct. I understand that in making that  report, Grace Communion International may have to inform other authorities, in a confidential manner to meet obligations under Australian law.