Keeping kids safe is important! We have a “duty of care” to consider when working with young people.Pretend that the young person is a Ferrari or a Ming VaseParents are entrusting us with the most precious thing in their lives – their children!
You would not allow kids to play “keep away” with a Ming Vase. Nor would you allow them to throw the vase like a baseball. The vase is too valuable and too beautiful to be treated like that.
If you were asked you to watch afriend’s Ferrari…Would you take it for a joy ride?Would you park it someplacewhere it could be vandalized orstolen?
Duty of Care When they are in your hands treatthe young people as if they were aFerrari or Ming Vase!Do what you say you will do fromthe time they arrive to the time theyleave as scheduled and advertized! Don’t change plan without informing “owner”
Part of your Duty of Care is to keep everyone safe. Accidents happen – but if you know that young people are beating each other with sticks and you let it continue and someone gets hurt. . .it’s a violation of duty.
Basic PrinciplesThe young people belong to their parents notto us. We are not the super heroes in the livesof the young people we serve. Their parentsare the superheroes in their kids lives. We arethe tool in the super hero utility belt that isused at the parents discretion.Therefore, we should be Parent Focused!We Serve them, they are our peers and ourprimary clientele !
Parents should always beaware of what we are teaching,where we are going, and whowill be attending the event.There should never be anysecrets from parents.
Confidentiality ScenarioJack comes to you after class or youth groupand asks to talk to you privately.Jack: “Thanks for seeing me. I need you to promise that you won’t tell anybody what I tell you.”You: “Jack I want to help you. But I can only keep your confidence if what you tell me does not involve someone hurting you, you hurting yourself or someone else. If it is any of those things then I have to tell others.”
Basic PrincipleYou never tell a young person thatyou will keep their confidence beforehearing what they have to say. Andyou should always make themaware, before they speak, that youare obligated to report anydisclosure of abuse or potential hurtto them or others.