Code of Conduct
BAKER COUNTY YMCA CODE OF CONDUCT POLICY
We at Baker County YMCA pride ourselve on the safety of children in our facility. If you see any of the below stated conduct by any employee of the YMCA, please report it immediately following the reporting process at the bottom of this page.
- In order to protect YMCA staff, volunteers, and program participants–at no time during a YMCA program may a staff (paid and/or volunteer) person be alone with a single child where they cannot be observed by others. As staff supervise children, they should space themselves in a way that other staff can see them.
- Staff shall never leave a child unsupervised.
- Restroom supervision: Staff should make sure suspicious or unknown individuals do not occupy the restroom before allowing children to use the facilities. Staff may stand in the doorway while children are using the restroom, but at no time be in the actual bathroom stall with a child. This policy allows privacy for the children and protection for the staff (not being alone with a child). Visits to the restroom should preferably be in groups of three (three children; two children / one adult; one child /two adults).
- Staff should conduct or supervise private activities in pairs–diapering, putting on bathing suits, taking showers, etc. When this is not feasible, staff should be positioned so that they are visible to others.
- Staff shall not abuse children including:
- Physical abuse–strike, spank, shake, slap;
- Verbal abuse–humiliate, degrade, threaten;
- Sexual abuse–inappropriate touch or verbal exchange;
- Mental abuse–shaming, withholding love, cruelty.
- Neglect–withholding food, water, basic care, etc
- Any type of abuse will not be tolerated and may be cause for immediate dismissal.
- Staff must use positive techniques of guidance, including redirection, positive reinforcement and encouragement rather than competition, comparison and criticism. Staff will have age appropriate expectations and set up guidelines and environments that minimize the need for discipline. Physical restraint is used only as necessary to protect the child or other children from harm and must be documented in writing on an Incident / Accident Report form.
- Staff will conduct a health check of each child, each day, as they enter the program, noting any fever, bumps, bruises,burns, etc. Questions or comments will be addressed to the parent or child in a non-threatening way. Any questionable marks or responses will be documented.
- Staff responds to children with respect and consideration and treats all children equally.
- Staff will respect children’s rights to not be touched in ways that make them feel uncomfortable, and their right to say no. Other than diapering, children are not to be touched on areas of their bodies that would be covered by a bathing suit.
- Staff will refrain from intimate displays of affection towards others in the presence of children, parents, and staff.
- Staff will abide by the standards of conduct set forth by the YMCA.
- Staff must appear clean, neat, and appropriately attired.
- Using, possessing, or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs during working hours is prohibited.
- Smoking or use of tobacco in the presence of children or parents during working hours is prohibited.
- Profanity, inappropriate jokes, sharing intimate details of one’s personal life and any kind of harassment in the presence of children or parents is prohibited.
- Staff must be free of physical and psychological conditions that might adversely affect children’s physical or mental health. If in doubt, an expert should be consulted.
- Staff will portray a positive role model for youth by maintaining an attitude of respect, loyalty, patience, courtesy, tact, and maturity.
- Staff may not be alone with children they meet in YMCA programs outside of the YMCA. This includes babysitting, sleepovers, and inviting children to your home. Any exceptions require a written explanation before the fact and are subject to administrator approval.
- Staff are not to transport children in their own vehicles. Any exceptions require a written explanation before the fact and are subject to administrator approval.
- Staff may not date program participants under the age of 18 years of age.
- Under no circumstances should staff release children to anyone other than the authorized parent, guardian, or other adult authorized by the parent or guardian (written parent authorization on file with the YMCA).
- Staff are required to read and sign all policies related to identifying, documenting, and reporting child abuse and attend trainings on the subject, as instructed by a supervisor.
- Staff will act in a caring, honest, respectful and responsible manner.
The Baker County YMCA encourages appropriate touch, however, at the same time, it not only discourages inappropriate touch, but all staff, paid and volunteer, must take prompt and immediate action as follows when child abuse is suspected:
- At the first report or probable cause to believe that child abuse has occurred, the volunteer / employed staff (hereinafter referred to as Staff) person it has been reported to will notify the YMCA General Director, who will then review the incident with the President of the YMCA Board of Directors.
- The Baker County YMCA will make a report in accordance with the State Child Abuse Reporting Act.
- In the event the reported incident or incidents involve a Staff person, the General Director will, without exception, suspend the Staff from the YMCA.
- The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of the child or children involved in the alleged incident will be promptly notified by the YMCA General Director
- Whether the incident or alleged offense takes place on or off YMCA premises, because of the youth involved nature of the YMCA, it will be considered job-related.
- Reinstatement of the Staff will occur only after all allegations have been cleared to the satisfaction of the person named in item # 1 above.
- All Staff must be sensitive to the need for confidentiality in the handling of this information, and, therefore, should only discuss the incident with the persons named in item # 1 above.