Code of Conduct
All workers who have contact with children or adults in need of protection in the course of their duties at Fusion agree to work in accordance with this Code of Conduct. The aim of this document is to be clear about how we need to act to best serve these delegates.
Any behaviour which does or may breach this Code of Conduct must be reported to the Fusion Safeguarding Coordinator who can then take appropriate action, ensuring that the best interests of the child or adult in need will come first in any decision making.
This Code of Conduct:
- makes clear what behaviour and conduct is expected and
- supports our volunteers in meeting their obligations
If you have any questions or concerns, then you must raise them with your team leader or the Fusion Safeguarding Coordinator.
- adhere to this Code of Conduct at all times;
- report any incidents or concerns that cause you to believe that a child or adult in need of protection is, or is likely to be, at risk of harm;
- inform the Youth or Children’s Team Leader and the Fusion Safeguarding Coordinator of any changes in circumstances which may impact your ability to comply with the Safeguarding Policy and with this Code of Conduct; an example of such a change would be an investigation by another agency into safeguarding allegations within your own family;
- treat all children and adults in need of protection with respect and never discriminate against or favour them because of their age, gender, status, class, caste, nationality, ethnic or social origin, faith, visual appearance, language ability, sexual orientation or any factor that distinguishes them from others;
- don’t be alone during activities with children and adults in need of protection – unless the reason for this has been firmly established and agreed with your team leader;
- develop and keep clear personal boundaries and rules when conducting activities that involve children or adults in need of protection – this protects both you and them; for example, in general you should only hold a child’s hand when they initiate it;
- ensure that confidential information concerning children, adults in need of protection, families and communities is not shared;
- ask the Youth or Children’s Team Leader or the Fusion Safeguarding Coordinator when faced with a situation that you do not know how to handle; ask for help when you need it;
- undertake to read the relevant existing Risk Assessment prior to carrying out any activity;
- provide a safe and encouraging environment for activities;
- ensure that children and adults in need of protection are not left alone; and
- wear the T-shirt and/or lanyard which identifies you as an approved volunteer at all times when – and only when – you are on duty having direct contact with children and vulnerable adults
- use your status or position to intimidate, bully, threaten, discriminate against, embarrass, shame, humiliate, coerce or undermine children or adults in need of protection;
- work as a volunteer whilst under the influence of alcohol, solvents or drugs;
- act in any way that could suggest, or lead to, inappropriate contact or relationships being formed;
- hit or otherwise punish a child or adult in need of protection;
- disclose confidential information;
- keep back information that could suggest a child or adult in need of protection is being improperly treated – this must always be reported to your team leader or the Fusion Safeguarding Coordinator;
- neglect a child or adult in need of protection or leave either unsupervised such that they are put at risk of harm or injury;
- use your personal mobile phone whilst working with children or adults in need of protection or take photographs or video clips during sessions.
Any breach of this Code of Conduct may mean that you are no longer allowed to work with the children and adults in need of protection at Fusion. We may also need to update your home church Safeguarding Coordinator and, if warranted, law enforcement authorities.
Please use this link to print the Code of Conduct to sign it and include with your application.