Thursday, September 20, 2012

HBL-A0031 - Establish Code of Conduct for Youth Workers

establish project to vet this document,

Code of Conduct for Working with Children and Youth

The congregation of BFUU is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all children, youth and volunteers who participate in programs and activities sponsored by BFUU. The following policy statements reflect our congregation’s commitment to preserving BFUU as a place of safety and protection for all who would enter, knowing that relationships are safe and respectful of each other.

>>"safe and secure" is negative. any environment should be safe and secure. drawing attention to potential negatives is a negative, particularly where unwarranted. you can never know a relationship is either safe or respectful. that's a bullshit statement.

1. No adult who has been convicted of child abuse (either sexual abuse, physical abuse, or emotional abuse) should volunteer to work with children or youth in any BFUU-sponsored activity.

>>this must be based upon the moral authority of the convicting body, not the conviction itself.

2.  All volunteers who will have regular contact with children or youth must complete an application which includes references and past employment.  We will contact those references to verify information provided and the suitability of the applicant to work with children.

>>past employment is not necessarily relevant, and if it is not relevant, cannot be required. similarly references. the gap needs be filled with an ethics exam.
3. All adult volunteers involved with children or youth of BFUU must have been active in the congregation for at least six months before beginning a volunteer assignment.

4. Adult volunteers with children and youth shall observe the “Two-Adult Rule” at all times so that no adult is ever alone with children or youth.

>>ridiculous. if they can't be trusted, they shouldn't be working with kids at all, and if the parents don't trust them, they shouldn't let their kids be there.
5. Adult volunteers who work with children and youth shall attend trainings and educational events to keep volunteers informed of BFUU policies and state laws regarding child abuse.

>>there should be some core curriculum available but basic morals are enough, and certainly ongoing education is absurd. how to act properly around children does not change over time.
6. Adult volunteers shall immediately report to the Director of Religious Exploration or the BFUU Board President any behavior that seems abusive or inappropriate.

>>unless that is defined, it's meaningless
7.  All those working with children and youth shall refrain from using or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while supervising BFUU activities.

>>is there a prima facia case that would be a bad thing?

As a leader and role model in the Religious Exploration program at BFUU I will strive to:
  • Nurture spiritual growth in myself and others
  • >>
  • Be consciously gently and non-threatening
  • >>you can't be non-threatening as it's meant here. that is determined by the other party.
  • Exercise sound judgment and appropriate behavior in my contact with children and youth
  • >>again, without definition these terms are meaningless
  • Demonstrate tolerance and acceptance in regards to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, abilities, gender or sexual orientation
  • >>fair enough but i suspect it could be worded much more clearly.
  • Communicate in a manner that is affirming and positive – this includes tone and nonverbal means such as facial expression and body language
  • >>again, this depends on what they've been taught to see as affirming and positive. it's completely different from culture to culture, and personality to personality. this is a bullshit phrase.
  • Respect the confidentiality of certain situations
  • >>which situations?
  • Take appropriate action if I become aware that other adults, children or youth are in violation of this Code of Conduct.

I have read this Code of Conduct, and I agree to observe and abide by the policies set forth above.
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