Code of Conduct

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All staff, volunteers, advisors, consultants, contractors or any other personnel associated with The Teacher Development Support Organisation are required to behave in the appropriate manner with the children that fully respects their rights, and minimizes any possible situation of risk.

Staff and Volunteers must:

  • Never hit or physically assault or abuse children. This includes, and not limited to, kicking, punching, pushing, shoving, slapping, pinching, biting and/or threats of violence.
  • Never develop or become involved in a physical or sexual relationship with a child.
  • Never develop a relationship that could possibly been deemed as abusive or exploitative.
  • Not swear or use offensive language around the children.
  • Never participate in or condone the behaviour of children which is illegal, unsafe or abusive.
  • Never humiliate, belittle, or degrade a child. Any form of emotional abuse is not acceptable.
  • Never provide any child alcohol, cigarettes or drugs of any kind. These are never allowed on any of the premises of the organisation.
  • Take drugs of any kind at any time. If confirmed, then you will be asked to leave.
  • Be very careful and reserved when communicating or becoming friends with the children through social media such as Facebook and or personal emails.
  • Not give gifts to individual children It is inappropriate and unfair to all other children. If the children require any supplies or stationery etc please advise management
  • Not provide individual financial support or promise that they will receive individual support or sponsorship. Sponsorship is to be arranged through The Teacher Development Support organisation management and not directly with any child or family member.
  • Not use the threat of violence, abuse or assault or to cause injury to any staff member or volunteer.
  • Not spend time alone with a child, out of plain sight. There must always be two (2) adults with a child if they need to go into town for medical treatment etc. If there is an emergency contact the management as soon as possible.
  • Not transport any children by any means of transport without explicit consent of the management.
  • Always respect the right of the child for protection against abuse and exploitation
  • Always act appropriately and in a culturally sensitive manner, with children, understanding the importance of my behaviour with children and the potential perceptions that may follow from my actions or words

This document is to be read and signed before accessing the organisation’s premisses.