The purpose of the code of conduct is to ensure base level of competence in care.
Have a member of the class read this aloud to the group.
It is vital that providers call the consultant for the home for any injury. This should be done as quickly after the incident as possible with follow-up in writing in the incident report format. Caseworkers and parents should also be contacted within 24 hours unless injury results in medical care, at that time it is best practice to contact consumers as soon as possible. Use the consultant as a resource for individual cases.
The Code of Conduct defines abuse as the following; any threatened or actual damage inflicted on the clients physical or emotional well-being. It is important to note that most often this is associated with physical assault, however more pervasive are threats of harm and deprivation of care. Making sure to follow all youth rights expectations will ensure that providers comply with expectations of care.
Neglect is really the withdrawal of needed components for the health and well-being of the client. Along with basic needs the clients served by our program often have severe emotional and medical needs. It is necessary for providers to ensure that all medical appointments are held and documented in a timely manner. If for any reason it becomes a challenge to meet the needs of the client, contact your consultant to treatment plan how to address the need to ensure best client care.
It is acceptable to offer fair compensation for extra work done, however this enters a grey area, provide clear documentation and practice transparency to avoid potential conflict.
Maltreatment is a broad spectrum area where many grey areas are defined. Competent providers will work to ensure that emotion is secondary to treatment. The intervention of the consultant and supervising administrator may help providers to maintain focus and proper perspective when dealing with emotional and challenging incidences. By ensuring clear understanding of the Code of Conduct definitions and following all youth rights expectations, providers will ensure that any complaints are resolved positively.
These consequences may be implemented on the individual provider and do affect the ability of the providing agency to provide quality care. Providers represent the greater message of the providing agency.
Working together and with each provider ensuring they follow the Code of Conduct and follow basic expectations and standards of care we further the mission to care for troubles children. May we all work hard to ensure excellence in care and work to provide safe environments for change.
Code of Conduct A review of basic expectations to ensure that competency in care applies to all placements and providers.
Purpose: <ul><li>To protect vulnerable clients from abuse, neglect, maltreatment, and exploitation. </li></ul><ul><li>To clarify expectations of care providers and support personnel when working with clients. </li></ul><ul><li>To ensure that providers are responsible for individual choices and behaviors while with clients. </li></ul>
Providers have an opportunity and responsibility to care for troubled children. They can help clients to achieve great change by providing care in a safe environment.
<ul><li>The provider “shall not by acting, failing to act, encouragement to engage in, or failure to deter from will cause any client to be subject to abuse, sexual abuse or sexual exploitation, neglect, exploitation, or maltreatment.” </li></ul>
<ul><li>In other words at no time will any abuse or neglect be tolerated on the part of providers toward the youth and clients that we serve. </li></ul><ul><li>Any incident resulting in physical injury will require documentation and immediate notification of supervisors; this will be tracked through incident reports. </li></ul>
Abuse Defined: <ul><li>Harm or threatened harm; both physical and emotional. </li></ul><ul><li>Unlawful confinement. </li></ul><ul><li>Deprivation of care. </li></ul><ul><li>Physical injury. </li></ul><ul><li>Any form of corporal punishment. </li></ul>
In cases of medical intervention include records of the visit with the youth file and track all contact with consumers in the incident report.
Sexual Abuse Defined: <ul><li>Sexual intercourse with any client. </li></ul><ul><li>Touching the anus or genitals of the client for the purpose of sexual gratification. </li></ul><ul><li>Coercing a client to pose in the nude for any reason; including print or video media. </li></ul><ul><li>Any attempt to molest a client in any way for sexual gratification. </li></ul>
Neglect Defined: <ul><li>Denial of food or water. </li></ul><ul><li>Denial of sufficient sleep for any purposes not outlined in treatment planning. </li></ul><ul><li>Denial of clothing or bedding. </li></ul><ul><li>Failure to supervise the client as needed in the treatment plan. </li></ul><ul><li>Failure to provide appropriate medical care. </li></ul>
Exploitation Defined: <ul><li>Using the client as manual labor without fair compensation. </li></ul><ul><li>Using property belonging to the client without client approval. </li></ul><ul><li>Accepting gifts as a condition of providing care for our clients. </li></ul>
Maltreatment Defined: <ul><li>Enforced physical exertion as a consequence. </li></ul><ul><li>Unapproved physical restraint of the client. </li></ul><ul><li>Group punishment for individual behavior. </li></ul><ul><li>Verbal abuse, including demeaning language and behavior toward the client. </li></ul><ul><li>Denial of program services not approved in writing by the treatment team. </li></ul>
Corrective action: <ul><li>If the Code of Conduct is not followed many consequences may occur as a result of noncompliance. </li></ul><ul><li>Probation </li></ul><ul><li>Suspension </li></ul><ul><li>Termination </li></ul>
Homes should be havens. By ensuring that each client is safe and well cared for we are able to further the mission of Utah Youth Village. Working together we can affect the lives of troubled youth and children for the better.