The Children’s Entertainers Association Code of Conduct
This Code of Conduct outlines expected standards of behaviour by all members of the Children’s Entertainers Association. A breach of this Code of Conduct may lead to disciplinary action, including the termination of your membership with the Children’s Entertainers Association. If the Children’s Entertainers Association considers the breach to be of a criminal nature, we will report the matter to the police.
All members agree to comply with this Code of Conduct. For the purposes of this Code of Conduct, members include, but are not limited to:
- Company owners
- Full-time, part-time, seasonal and casual employees;
- Job candidates, including people auditioning for roles;
- Contractors and sub-contractors
- Volunteers or anyone undertaking unpaid work (e.g. vocational placements).
This Code of Conduct applies to all members while they are entertaining or engaging with children and when communicating with customers.
Standards of behaviour
The Children’s Entertainers Association’s members are responsible for promoting a safe, respectful, inclusive and flexible performance environment by:
- Treating all members, customers, parents with dignity, courtesy and respect;
- Respecting cultural, ethnic, religious, gender and sexual orientation differences;
- Behaving in a professional, fair and courteous manner at all times;
- Ensuring there is responsible adult supervision at all times during a performance or booking.
- Maintaining appropriate levels of skill and knowledge in their chosen field
- Undertaking to maintain appropriate levels of Public and Professional liability insurance
- Agreeing to hold current Working with Children Police Checks for the States and Territories they work in,
- Demonstrating they value the protection of children as the highest priority
- Maintaining confidentiality when complaints are made and/or under investigation; and
- Abiding by all applicable laws and regulations.
The Children’s Entertainers Association’s members must not:
- Abuse or threaten to abuse (verbally, physically or in writing) another person;
- Physically or sexually assault another person;
- Discriminate against or treat someone less favourably because of their race, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability or other personal characteristics;
- Intimidate, threaten or harass another person;
- Sexually harass another person with unwanted, unwelcome or uninvited behaviour;
- Bully, isolate or humiliate another person;
- Victimise, unjustly treat or threaten someone because they have raised a complaint or are a witness in an investigation; or
- Behave improperly or unethically.
Upholding this Code of Conduct
All staff, members and volunteers are expected to report any breaches of this code to a Child Protection Officer under the Child Safe policies and procedures put in place by the Children’s Entertainers Association.
All allegations of child abuse will be reported to statutory authorities, such as police or child protection.
The Children’s Entertainers Association condemns all forms of child abuse, discrimination and sexual exploitation. We are committed to creating and maintaining an environment which promotes safety for people involved in our programs including all children, people with a disability, people from a CALD background and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- Conduct myself in a manner that is consistent with the values of the Children’s Entertainers Association
- Treat everyone with respect and honesty (this includes staff, volunteers, students, children, young people and parents) , regardless of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or other status
- Provide a welcoming, inclusive and safe environment for all children, young people, parents, staff and volunteers
- Remember to be a positive role model to children and young people in all my conduct with them
- Listen and respond appropriately to the views and concerns of children and young people
- Ensure another adult is always present or in sight when conducting one to one events, instruction or other activities
- Encourage children and young people to ‘have a say’ on issues that are important to them.
- Provide feedback to both children and parents or guardians
- Follow and report any concerns of child abuse in accordance with the Children’s Entertainers Association’s child protection policy and procedures
- Keep all information regarding child protection concerns confidential, only discussing information with relevant and appropriate people according to the reporting procedures
- Respect cultural differences
- Encourage open communication between all children, young people, parents, staff and volunteers, and allow children and young people to participate in the decisions that affect them
- Be transparent in my actions and whereabouts
- Take responsibility for being accountable and not placing myself in positions where there is a risk of allegations. I will ensure that another adult is present when I am working with or near children
- Self-assess my behaviour, actions and language.
- Report any concerns or suspicions regarding abuse by a member, volunteer, contractor or visitor, via the Children’s Entertainers Association “report a concern” page.
- Comply with all relevant Australian and local legislation
- Immediately disclose to the Children’s Entertainers Association any information of charges, convictions of abuse and policy non-compliance in accordance with appropriate procedures. This includes disclosing any charges or convictions made against myself or others
- Ensure any contact with children and young people is appropriate and in the parameters of the program or event
- Always ensure language is appropriate and not offensive or discriminatory
- Provide examples of good conduct in daily activities
- Challenge unacceptable behaviour and report all allegations or suspicions of abuse
- Encourage young people and adults to feel comfortable and caring enough to point out attitudes or behaviour they do not like
- Recognise that special caution is required when you are discussing sensitive issues with children or young people
I WILL NOT:
- Engage in behaviour that is intended to shame, humiliate, belittle or degrade children or young people, in person or on social media
- Use inappropriate, offensive, harassing, abusive, sexually provocative, demeaning, culturally inappropriate or discriminatory language when speaking with a child or young person
- Allow allegations, suspected abuse, risk of harm or disclosures to go unreported
- Hit or physically assault children. This includes refraining from physical punishment or discipline of children
- Make any physical contact with children and young people unless I communicate to the customer/parent/guardian that my performance contains physical contact and seek approval prior to my performance
- Develop any ‘special’ relationships with children and young people that could be seen as favouritism such as the offering of gifts or special treatment
- Do things of a personal nature that a child or young person can do for themselves, such as toileting or changing clothes
- Discriminate against any child or young person because of age, gender, cultural background, religion, vulnerability or sexuality
- Conduct a sexual relationship with a child or young person or indulge in any form of sexual contact with a child or young person
- Seek to make contact and/or spend time with any child that I come into contact with in my role as an entertainer
- Condone or participate in behaviour of children that is illegal, unsafe or abusive
- Act in a way that shows unfair and differential treatment of children and young people
- Release or discuss any personal confidential information about suspected or proven child abuse or protection cases other than with the Child Protection Officer and other parties as designated by them and according to reporting procedures
- Use any computer, mobile phone, or video and digital camera to exploit or harass children
- Let children and young people have my personal contact details (mobile number or address)
- Make sarcastic, insensitive, derogatory or sexually suggestive comments or gestures to or in front of children and young people
- Act in a way that can be perceived as threatening or intrusive
- Make inappropriate promises to children and young people, particularly in relation to confidentiality
- Exaggerate or trivialise child abuse issues
I am responsible for my own actions and utilise Child Safe standards and best practices to avoid actions and behaviours that could be in breach of this Code of Conduct and the Child Safe policies of the Children’s Entertainers Association.
I have read the Children’s Entertainers Association Child Safe Policy and Code of Conduct. I am aware that the Children’s Entertainers Association expects me to uphold at all times the standards of behaviour described in the Code of Conduct above.