In order to be a Volunteer for SDCCS, you will be asked to read, acknowledge, and adhere to the SDCCS Protocol for the Protection of Children, and follow the Steps to Reporting Inappropriate Conduct.
SDCCS Protocol for the Protection of Children
The following Code of Conduct to Protect Children is intended to guide our volunteers in their interactions with children. The safety, rights and well-being of competitors/children participating at our event is a priority in our daily operations. The intent of the code of conduct is to promote supportive relationships with children while balancing and encouraging appropriate boundaries.
As a volunteer, it is important for to monitor your own behaviour towards children, and pay close attention to the behaviour of our peers, to ensure that behaviour is appropriate and respectful and will be perceived as such by others. All volunteers must: treat all children and competitors with respect and dignity; establish respect and maintain appropriate boundaries with all children and families involved in all SDCCS events.
Examples of unacceptable behaviour toward a child:
- Physical contact without permission
- Physical restraint
Volunteers must not:
- Engage in any sort of physical contact with a child that may make the child or a reasonable observer feel uncomfortable, or that may be seen by a reasonable observer to be violating reasonable boundaries
- Engage in any communication with a child within or outside of the volunteer duties that may make the child or a reasonable observer feel uncomfortable, or that may be seen by a reasonable observer to be violating reasonable boundaries
- Conduct their own investigation into allegations or suspicions of potentially illegal or inappropriate behaviour – it is a volunteer’s duty to report the matter to his/her supervisor, not to investigate.
All participants are reminded to follow the ScotDance Canada Professional and Dancer Code of Conduct.
If a volunteer should witness or be privy to any situation where potentially illegal or inappropriate behaviour has occurred, it must be immediately reported to a representative on the SDCCS Organizing Committee.
SDCCS 2017 Event Manager – Barb Yorke (902) 888-1363
*Resources: “Reporting of Child Protection and Child Abuse” Province of Manitoba (August 2013)
“Code of Conduct to Protect Children” Canadian Centre for Child Protection: Commit to Kids www.commit2kids.ca
Steps for Reporting Inappropriate Conduct
- A child discloses information to a volunteer indicating that another volunteer may have acted inappropriately or a volunteer has witnessed an inappropriate encounter involving a child, (Document)
- Volunteer who receives the report notifies the Organizing Committee.
- Representative of the Organizing Committee meets with the volunteer who may have acted inappropriately. The individual is told about the report without disclosing the source. The individual is asked to respond. (Document)
- If determined that the nature of the conduct is not sufficiently serious to warrant formal action, the organization may choose to clarify expectations with the volunteer as outlined in the code of conduct; or if determined that the nature of the conduct is sufficiently serious to warrant action, an internal follow up will occur.
- Consider when/if the child’s parents should be notified about allegations of inappropriate conduct.