Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct  for Visitors & Volunteers to Mount Hope Training Centre

The welfare and safety of children living at Mount Hope Training Centre is our top priority. Children are to be valued and treated with respect and care at all times. We expect that all visitors and volunteers to Mount Hope Training Centre respect the children by supporting the following;

  1. Visibility
    Be visible to other adults when working with children.
    Do not be alone with a child. Keep doors open and try to have another adult with you.
  2. Accountability
    Mount Hope Training Centre expects a high level of accountability. At all times let other adults/staff know what you are doing when interacting and working with the children.
  3. Reporting Observations and Concerns
    Inform visitor co-ordinators of any events or behaviour that you may have concerns about.  This includes the behaviours of both adults and children.
  4. Supervision
    Staff will be supervising your activities with the children.
  5. Technology
    Mount Hope encourages the healthy use of technology.
    We ask that children are not given unsupervised access to computers or cell phones.
    Children are not to be given your personal email or any social media addresses.  This includes postal addresses.
  6. Discipline
    Discipline shall be used to teach and correct rather than punish.  If you have concerns about children’s behaviour please talk to the visitor co-ordinators.
  7. Favouritism
    Please do not give gifts or money to individual children.  If you want to give gifts please speak with your visitor co-ordinators.
  8. Touch
    Caring touch is valuable to children but unhealthy touch is abusive.
    The following signs of affection are generally acceptable, side hugs or shoulder to shoulder hugs.
    For smaller children, touching their hands, shoulders and arms, arms around their shoulders (when culturally appropriate), hugs or holding them when others are present.
    Any touch will be in the open rather than secretive and will always communicate respect for the child.
  9. Verbal Interactions
    Words shall be used to support and encourage a child such as praise, positive reinforcement, and appropriate jokes. Conversation that shames, belittles, humiliates or frightens children is not to be used.
  10. Out of bounds Areas
    At all times visitors/volunteers are not to enter the asramas/childrens’ hostels unless accompanied by an appointed staff member.August 2015