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Safe working practices

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Summary
Considerations
Examples of Policy Statements

Summary:

In all organisations there is a need for high standards of staff behaviour in order to protect children from abuse and at-risk situations, and to protect staff from unwarranted suspicion.

Consider:

Examples of Policy Statements:

  • {Your Organisation} believes that as far as possible, staff working with children and families should keep their personal and professional lives separate, and does not encourage close personal relationships or care-taking activities outside the work environment.
  • All members of staff, whether paid or voluntary, are expected to follow guidelines that clarify appropriate behaviour. {Your Organisation} will review these regularly with staff to ensure that the guidelines meet the needs arising from ever-changing environments and situations.
  • All staff are to have a clear understanding of, and to agree to {Your Organisation}’s Code of Ethics.
  • Staff are to inform their senior manager of any existing relationships with members, students, clients or their families which could constitute a conflict of interest, or place the staff member in a position of compromise.
  • Staff are to inform their senior manager of any potential situations of possible compromise or conflict of interest that arise as part of their work.
  • No staff member is to enter into any relationship with a child, young person or family, which could mean that any other section of this policy, is compromised.


Notes
This section should conform to {Your Organisation} s’ Code of Conduct and the regulatory body's Code of Ethics.
A Code of Conduct is not limited to Safe Working Practices, but also contains information regarding Health and Safety Policy and Human Resources Policy. Guidance for the safe behaviour of staff must be clearly identified and easily recognised.