Code of Conduct
WHAT IS A CODE OF CONDUCT?
A code of conduct is a list of behaviors that are encouraged and expected and a list of behavior that is not condoned. It is expected that everyone in the church follow the code in all their interaction with children and youth. The code of conduct will be reviewed regularly.
WHY DO WE NEED A CODE?
There are many benefits such as:
- 1. It makes it clear to adults what it expected, when we all have different points of view
- 2. It makes it clear when someone's conduct 'crosses a line' which may lead to inappropriate behavior, before the conduct gets too serious
- 3. It makes it clearer to children when someone isn't behaving in an appropriate manner, which can be confusing
- 4. It helps to keep children safer.
- 5. It makes adults less likely to be at risk of a false allegation of misconduct in relation to a child.
WHAT HAPPENS IF SOMEONE DOES NOT FOLLOW THE CODE?
It is everyone's business to monitor compliance. A minor breach of the code may be brought to a person's attention for their learning. Minor breaches may be done innocently and in ignorance. Persistent serious breaches will be reported to the Church's Safe Place Committee. A person may be asked to sign a Safety Agreement as a condition of continued attendance at Church or children's events.
OUR CHILD-SAFE CODE OF CONDUCT
DO Reflect the ethos of the Adventist Church
DO Behave as a positive role model to children and youth
DO Follow the Local Church's child-safe policy and guidelines
DO Treat all children with respect
DO Use positive and affirming language toward children
DO Refrain from showing favoritism
DO Help provide an open, family-friendly environment for children to worship and interact in
DO Alert someone if I see a breach of this code
DO Report suspicions of child abuse or neglect to the Safe Place Committee
DO Notify suspicions and disclosures of child abuse or neglect to the Department of Child Safety on 1800 811 810 (or 1800 177 135 after hours).
DO NOT ...
DON'T Engage in inappropriately rough physical play
DON'T Touch a child in an age/culturally inappropriate manner
DON'T Hold, kiss, cuddle or touch a child in any manner except for appropriate touch to comfort distress
DON'T Spend time alone with a child in an inappropriate manner
DON'T Make sexually suggestive comments to a child, including 'compliments' about their physical appearance
DON'T Show or share sexually suggestive material to a child in any form such as email, text, movie or sound file
DON'T Use profane language near or around children
DON'T Assist children in doing things of a personal nature that they can do for themselves
DON'T Use any physical means to control or discipline a child
DON'T Take a child to your home, or encourage private meetings outside of church-sponsored activities, unless strict guidelines are in place
DON'T Take photos or movies of a child without prior written parental consent and explanation of the purpose and use of the photos and Church permission
DON'T Publish (in any manner, such as the internet) a picture or private information about a child such as their name, age, email address, telephone number, residence, or places they frequent regularly (such as the school or a club they attend)