Our Employee Code of Conduct
The development of children is the core of which the Y’s values were built. This is why the safety of all children in our care is our number one priority. Staff and volunteers at the Hopkins County Family YMCA follow our Code of Conduct to ensure the safety of all children who come through our doors, whether they’re regular program participants or only visit once a year.
During Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Y wants to make sure that all members understand this Code of Conduct. A key tool in abuse prevention is knowledge, so it’s important that parents and caregivers are informed of the Y’s policies around children. Together we can work to ensure all children in Hopkins County reach their full potential.
STAFF & VOLUNTEER CODE OF CONDUCT:
- Staff will not verbally, physically, emotionally, or sexually abuse a child.
- Staff will not be alone with children except with prior approval of senior leadership or in an emergency.
- Staff will not use profanity in the presence of children, parents, participants or other staff.
- Staff will not display intimate affection towards others in the presence of children, parents, or other participants.
- Staff will not accept gifts of money from children, parents or other participants, nor will staff give gifts of money to children, parents and other participants.
- Staff/volunteers will not socialize, associate, or provide services (such as babysitting, private lessons, etc.) for program participants under the age of 18 years outside of Hopkins County Family YMCA activities. There will be no exceptions unless individually approved by the CEO.
- Staff will report any suspected abuse or neglect to Child Protective Services and law enforcement agencies as required by law.
- Staff will treat all children, regardless of age, religion, race, ethnicity, gender, or disability with respect, compassion and kindness.
- Staff will, at all times, portray a positive role model for children and youth by demonstrating respect, loyalty, patience, courtesy, tact, and maturity.
- Staff will use only positive techniques of guidance and discipline, such as anticipation and prevention of potential problems, positive reinforcement and encouragement, and redirection.
- Staff will never leave a child unsupervised in a YMCA program.
- Staff will appear clean, neat and appropriately dressed.
- Staff will not attend work with physical or psychological conditions that might adversely affect children’s health or safety.
- Staff will not use tobacco products during work hours on the YMCA campus.
- Staff will not use, possess, or be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs during work hours.
In addition to our Code of Conduct, the Y also has a number of safety measures intended to keep kids safe. This includes criminal background checks on staff and volunteers; required staff training on recognizing and preventing abuse; and prohibiting staff/volunteers from being alone with a child where they cannot be observed by others; limiting staff contact with children outside of Y programs; and reporting any allegations or suspicions of abuse to Child Protective Services and law enforcement.