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Code of Conduct

This code of conduct outlines the expectations for all staff placed by TCES Home Learning Recruitment.

It is imperative that once you work within an establishment, it is your responsibility to enquire about the Code of Conduct.

The code of conduct for all staff placed by TCES Home Learning is as follows:

  • Treat all children and young people with respect
  • Provide an example of good conduct that you wish others to follow
  • Ensure that whenever possible there is more than one adult present during activities with children and young people, or at least that you are within sight or hearing of others
  • Be aware that physical contact with a child or young person may be misinterpreted
  • Adults should never touch a child in any way that could be considered indecent, nor indulge in horseplay, tickling or fun fights
  • If physical contact is necessary (e.g. to demonstrate a piece of equipment) the pupil should be informed in advance, and if they say ‘no’ or indicate discomfort this must be respected
  • Recognise that special caution is required in moments when you are discussing sensitive issues with children or young people
  • Any sexual behaviour by a member of staff with or towards a child is inappropriate and illegal. It is a criminal offence for any person in a position of trust to engage in sexual activity with a child under 18
  • Under no circumstances should adults in lessons access inappropriate or indecent images
  • Respect a child’s right to personal privacy. If a child requires assistance with intimate care ( with toileting) staff should ensure another appropriate adult is in the vicinity and is aware of the task to be undertaken
  • Confidential information about a child should never be disclosed without good reason or used to intimidate or embarrass the pupil
  • Staff should ensure they are dressed decently, safely and appropriately for the tasks they undertake
  • You should not accept gifts from children or parents. Occasionally children or parents may give tokens of appreciation (for example at Christmas). These may be accepted if they are not of significant value
  • You should not seek to establish social contact with any pupil. This includes not giving out personal details such as your address, phone number or email
  • Wherever possible transport should not be undertaken in private vehicles. There should be at least one adult additional to the driver to act as an escort
  • You should challenge unacceptable behaviour by another member of staff and bring this to the immediate attention of the designated senior person, or another senior manager