LIJIF Code Of Conduct

All LIJIF Staff & Volunteers must:-

Not abuse a Child physically, psychologically, emotionally, and/or sexually and/or act in a manner that allows another person to exercise such abuse

Not be alone with a Child in a closed-off area at any time provided always that if an Employee believes that he or she is likely to be placed in such a position, then he or she must immediately procure (by telephone or otherwise) that another Employee accompanies him or her to the closed-off area to ensure that there are at all times at least two Employees (one of whom must be female) in the closed-off area with the child/children.

Not consume alcohol and/or drugs and/or be in a state of inebriation during LIJIF working hours or whilst in the company of a Child at any time.

Not enforce, promote or instill his or her own political or religious convictions onto or into the Children

Not liaise, meet or arrange to meet, or take any child to meet with any visitor to  LIJIF  outside  LIJIF  working hours without the approval of the Center Operational Managers of  LIJIF , provided always that if such approval is given. The Employee must ensure that such visitors sign the  LIJIF  visitor passbook legibly (stating his or her name, address, and the purpose of the visit) and is accompanied by at least one Employee during such visit

Not take any visitor to any  LIJIF  projects whereby they will meet Children without the written approval of the Centre Operational Managers of  LIJIF

Not remove a Child from any project location without the written approval of LIJIF  Centre Operational Managers responsible for such location, provided always that if such approvals are given, the Employee must ensure that during such removal the Child is accompanied at all times by at least two Employees

Not use any photographs or film footage of the Children for a purpose other than those for  LIJIF ‘s promotional, fundraising and/or publication purposes Without the written approval of  LIJIF  Center Operational Managers and International Directors of  LIJIF

Record every out-reach visit to a Child and/or the family of a Child property in writing and deliver a written report on such visit to the manager of the project within a reasonable time thereafter. The report must be filed correctly thereafter for future reference

Upon witnessing an inappropriate action by another Employee, Volunteer note down the time, date, incident, name of person(s) involved, name of Child(ren) involved, name of witness(es) (if any) and any other relevant information and thereafter report such incident immediately to the  LIJIF  Centre Operational Managers or, if they are absent, the Vice Director, provided always that in the event of an incident involving the Director, such incident must be reported to the Chief Executive of  LIJIF  International Foundation Inc.

Make others aware if a member of staff or volunteer finds himself or herself the subject of inappropriate affection or attention from a child

Ensure that all project locations are kept clean and that the Children are residing in a healthy, hygienic environment. When visiting projects,  LIJIF checklists must be completed out and provided to the Project Manager and a copy given to the Director

Treat all documents and information relating to  LIJIF  as confidential and shall not (i) remove any computer discs, memory storage devices, original or photocopied documents from any office, (ii) provide office or facility keys to an Employee who is not authorised to have the same, (iii) make a copy of office or facility keys without the express written approval of the  LIJIF  Centre Operational Managers, if they are absent, the Vice Director

For the purposes of these policies and procedures; Children and any person under the age of 18 years, or those who are considered vulnerable.

LIJIF  recognises that anyone may have the potential to abuse children in some way and that all reasonable steps will be taken to ensure unsuitable people are prevented from working with children.

Responding to allegations or suspicions

It is not the responsibility of anyone working in  LIJIF , in a paid or unpaid capacity, to decide whether or not child abuse has taken place. However, there is a responsibility to act on any concerns through contact with the appropriate authorities.

LIJIF  will assure all staff/volunteers that it will fully support and protect anyone who in good faith reports his/her concern that a colleague is, or may be, abusing a child.

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