Code of Conduct

Caring for children and young people brings additional responsibilities for Committee members, adult helpers, team leaders, presenters, and volunteers including promoting the safety and well-being of children and young people in the following way:

 

I WILL:

  • Act in accordance with the SA Sheep Expo child safety and wellbeing policies and procedures at all times.
  • Behave respectfully, courteously and ethically towards children and their families and towards others.
  • Listen and respond to the views and concerns of children, particularly if they communicate (verbally or non-verbally) that they do not feel safe or well.
  • Promote the human rights, safety and wellbeing of all children in the SA Sheep Expo.
  • Demonstrate appropriate personal and professional boundaries.
  • Consider and respect the diverse backgrounds and needs of children.
  • Create an environment that promotes and enables children’s participation and is welcoming, culturally safe and inclusive for all children and their families.
  • Involve children in making decisions about activities, policies and processes that concern them wherever possible.
  • Contribute, where appropriate, to the SA Sheep Expo policies, discussions, learning and reviews about child safety and wellbeing.
  • Identify and mitigate risks to children’s safety and wellbeing as required by the SA Sheep Expo risk assessment and management policy or process.
  • Respond to any concerns or complaints of child harm or abuse promptly and in line with the SA Sheep Expo policy and procedure for receiving and responding to complaints.
  • Report all suspected or disclosed child harm or abuse as required by Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 and by the SA Sheep Expo policy and procedure on internal and external reporting.
  • Comply with the SA Sheep Expo protocols on communicating with children.
  • Comply with Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 and the SA Sheep Expo policies and procedures on record keeping and information sharing.

I WILL NOT:

  • Engage in any unlawful activity with or in relation to a child.
  • Engage in any activity that is likely to physically, sexually or emotionally harm a child.
  • Unlawfully discriminate against any child or their family members.
  • Be alone with a child unnecessarily.
  • Arrange personal contact, including online contact, with children I am working with for a purpose unrelated to the SA Sheep Expo activities.
  • Disclose personal or sensitive information about a child, including images of a child, unless the child and their parent or legal guardian consent or unless I am required to do so by the SA Sheep Expo policy and procedure on reporting.
  • Use inappropriate language in the presence of children or show or provide children with access to inappropriate images or material.
  • Work with children while under the influence of alcohol or prohibited drugs.
  • Ignore or disregard any suspected or disclosed child harm or abuse.

If I think this Code of Conduct has been breached by another person at the SA Sheep Expo,

I WILL:

  • Act to prioritise the best interests of children.
  • Take actions promptly to ensure that children are safe.
  • Promptly report any concerns to the SA Sheep Expo Child Safety Officer, the President or another Committee member of the SA Sheep Expo.
  • Follow the SA Sheep Expo policies and procedures for receiving and responding to complaints and concerns.
  • Comply with Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 if relevant, and with the South Australian Junior Heifer Expo policy and procedure on internal and external reporting.

I agree to abide by the Code of Conduct during my engagement and involvement with the SA Sheep Expo. I understand that breaches of this Code of Conduct may lead to disciplinary action and notification to authorities.

Resources & Information:

Who needs a Working with Children Check:
https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/rights-and-law/rights-and-responsibilities/screening-checks/screening-wwcc/who-needs-a-working-with-children-check

Obtain a Working with Children Check:
https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/rights-and-law/rights-and-responsibilities/screening-checks/screening-wwcc

WWCC Validity Search:
https://www.dcsiscreening.sa.gov.au/SCApplicantRegistrationStatus