This Code of Conduct is contained within the LSC Staff Handbook and is discussed with all new members of staff as part of the staff induction process at the commencement of their employment.
LSC recognises the importance of creating a safe culture where trust is built between staff and under 18s and both are protected from any behaviour which runs contrary to this culture. We achieve this through adherence to the policy laid out in this document and a genuine environment of care fostered by robust procedures and recruitment and training activities.
This Code of Conduct aims to ensure that adults exercise their responsibility to ensure their behaviour is not misunderstood or misinterpreted thereby placing themselves and particularly children in compromising or potentially abusive situations.
This Code aims to help all staff understand behaviour that is, and is not, acceptable and goes hand in hand with thorough induction procedures and robust management supervision. Staff should talk to the Principal if any aspect of the Code of Conduct or the Safeguarding Policy is unclear. This Code also aids Under 18 students in their understanding of what they should expect of the adult members of LSC staff.
The key elements of our code of conduct are set out below:
— social networks;
— accommodation; and
We expect all adults working on behalf of LSC to be an excellent role model for all students in their care and to cultivate a respectful, safe and secure environment for staff and students.
— Maintain professional physical and relationship boundaries, and act in a way appropriate to your Duty of Care
— Do not make suggestive or inappropriate remarks to or about any adult or U18
Inappropriate remarks include innuendo, swearing and discussing their or your
own intimate relationships.
— Other than in exceptional circumstances do not communicate directly with U18s via
email or text messages and only then with prior consent from the child’s parent or
— Do not engage in behaviour that may be construed as ‘grooming’ an U18 for example
giving money, presents or favours or talking or behaving in an inappropriate or
— Intimate or sexual relationships between staff and students under the age of 18 are an
abuse of trust which may constitute a criminal offence.
— Avoid putting yourself in a situation where you are on your own with an under 18 as far
as possible. Situations where there is only one staff member present with a child should be avoided. On the occasions when a confidential interview or one to one meeting is necessary, these should be conducted in a room where the exit is clearly visible and, where possible, the door to the room is left open.
— Conduct all interactions in a calm manner, and avoid shouting at U18s wherever this is possible unless there is a Health & Safety risk.
— Ensure any physical contact is within clear boundaries to avoid any allegations of inappropriate touching. Unnecessary physical contact with young people/children should be avoided, for example, gestures such as regularly putting a hand on the shoulder or arm. Whilst these gestures may be well intentioned, such acts could be misinterpreted.
— If you are required to be in a one-to-one setting with an U18, consider how this can be managed effectively i.e. Leaving a door open, using a room that has a window in the door, positioning yourself within sight of the door and considering if the one-to one setting is really necessary.
— Do not socialise with U18 students outside of school organised events.
— In situations where it is necessary for staff to restrain a young person/child in order to
prevent self-injury, injury to others or damage to property, only the minimum force necessary must be used and any action taken must be only to restrain.
— Staff required to administer first aid (normally a trained first aider) should ensure, wherever possible, that another member of staff is present if they are in any doubt as to whether necessary physical contact could be misconstrued.
Adults might not be aware of the effect their appearance has on students and how hard it is for some students to respect them/their role if they do not present appropriately. For this reason, the Code of Conduct includes this section regarding the appearance of adults.
Adults should present an appearance which:
— promotes a positive and professional image
— is appropriate to their role is not likely to be viewed as offensive, revealing or sexually
— does not distract, cause embarrassment or give rise to misunderstanding
— is absent of any political or otherwise contentious slogans
— is not considered to be discriminatory –
Alcohol, drugs and smoking
— Do not consume, or allow U18s to consume any alcohol, drugs, cigarettes or intoxicating substances on school premises
— Do not provide alcohol, drugs, cigarettes or intoxicating substances to U18s
— Do not work under the influence of any intoxicants or drugs
IT and social networks
— Do not share your personal social media details with any under 18s
— Do not take any images or videos of under 18s on your personal recording equipment
Where LSC staff is working and living on campus (e.g. Chalfont St. Giles), staff should:
— Abide by the accommodation rules and guidelines at that site
— Not enter private areas without first gaining the student’s permission, or in the case of
needing to search property, without informing them first and doing so in their presence.
— Abide by the specific guidelines of your local centre
While it is accepted that staff may, exceptionally, need to enter student rooms in emergencies, or to enforce disciplinary rules, in all circumstances, staff should respect students’ right to privacy and staff should never normally enter a room uninvited. Staff and managers should ask to enter a room if necessary and no staff member should enter any bedroom alone when occupied by a student, particularly when a member of the opposite sex.
It is important that staff knock loudly on the door and identify themselves and state that they will be entering the room. An example may be “Hello Annalisa, it’s Joanne here, please can you open the door?” Preferably staff should do this in pairs, with a member of staff of each gender, as this is likely to be less intimidating to the child.
With the exception of during a genuine fire evacuation, staff should never try and enter a room without first identifying themselves and without having stated their name and asked for
permission to enter at least two times. Staff should be aware that students may be disorientated during the night and may need a few moments to collect themselves before being ready to reply in English.
When it is necessary for staff to enter a student’s bedroom, it is important that this is done appropriately and the bedroom door should always remain open and the staff members should leave if asked to do so. This is to ensure that students are comfortable but also to protect the staff member from mistaken or malicious false accusation of impropriety. Any breach of the above guidelines should be reported to the DSP without delay.
Adults not Employed by LSC
All students will regularly come into contact with adults who are not employed by LSC such as taxi and coach drivers, campus management and employees.
We have made arrangements to ensure that third party contractors are equally as rigorous with their own recruitment and management as we are. Care should be taken to minimise any contact between our students who are under 18s and any external adults. Students should be warned, in an age appropriate way, of the danger strangers present.
LSC may also host Group Leaders who are employed by agencies abroad. LSC requires that all agents obtain a police certificate of good conduct for the Groups and requires a signed document to prove that the agent has conducted a Group Leader background check. This documentation is held at LSC’s head office in London.