Left menu
Latest news from ABM

Contact Us
We have a solution!

Make a Payment



Personnel Policies

This is an excerpt from the "Personnel Policies" section in our operations manual.

Click here to view the entire "Personnel Policies" PDF

Employee Code of Conduct
1. In order to protect ABM staff, volunteers, and program participants, at no time during an ABM program may a staff person be alone with a single child where he or she cannot be observed by others. As staff supervise children, they should space themselves in such a way that other staff can see them.
2. Staff shall never leave a child unsupervised.
3. Restroom supervision. Staff shall make sure the restroom is not occupied by suspicious or unknown individuals before allowing children to use the facilities. Staff will stand in doorway of the restroom while the children are using the restroom. This policy allows privacy for the children and protection for the staff. If staff is assisting younger children, doors to the facility must remain open. NO child, regardless of age should ever enter a bathroom alone on a field trip. Always send children in pairs, and whenever possible, with staff.
4. Staff should conduct or supervise private activities in pairs (diapering, putting on bathing suits, taking showers, etc.) When this is not feasible, staff must be positioned so that they are visible to others.
5. Staff shall not abuse children, including the following: Physical abuse, striking, spanking, shaking, slapping; Verbal abuse, humiliating, degrading, threatening; Sexual abuse, inappropriately touching or speaking; Mental abuse, shaming, withholding kindness, being cruel; Neglect, withholding food, water, basic care, etc.;
6. Staff must use positive techniques of guidance, including redirection, positive reinforcement, and encouragement rather than competition, comparison, and criticism. Staff will have age appropriate expectations and set up guidelines and environments that minimize the need for discipline. Physical restraint is used only in predetermined situations (necessary to protect the child or other children from harm), is only administered in a prescribed manner, and must be documented in writing.
7. Staff will conduct a health check of each child each day as they enter the program, noting any fever, bumps, bruises, burns, etc. Staff will direct questions or comments to the parent or child in a non-threatening way. Any questionable remarks or responses will be documented.
8. Staff will respond to children with respect and consideration and treat all children equally regardless of gender, race, religion, or culture.
9. Staff will respect children’s rights not to be touched in ways that make them feel uncomfortable and their right to say “no” other than diapering, children are not to be touched on areas of their bodies that would be covered by a bathing suit.
10. Staff will refrain from intimate displays of affection towards others in the presence of children, parents, and staff.
11. While ABM does not discriminate against an individual’s lifestyle, it does require that in the performance of the job, he/she will abide by the standards of conduct set forth by ABM.
12. Staff must appear clean, neat, and appropriately attired.
13. Using, possessing, or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs is prohibited.
14. Smoking or use of tobacco in the presence of children or parents during working hours is prohibited.
15. Profanity, inappropriate jokes, sharing intimate details of one’s personal life, and any kind of harassment in the presence of children or parents is prohibited.
16. Staff must be free of physical and psychological conditions that might adversely affect the children’s physical or mental health. If in doubt an expert should be consulted.
17. Staff will portray a positive role model for youth by maintaining an attitude of respect, loyalty, patience, courtesy, tact, and maturity.
18. Staff may not be alone with children they meet at ABM while outside the program. This includes baby sitting, sleepovers, and inviting children to their homes. Any exceptions require a written explanation before the fact and are subject to administrator’s approval.
19. Staff are not to transport children in their own vehicle.
20. Staff may not date program participants under age of 18.
21. Under no circumstances should staff release children to anyone other than the authorized parent or guardian.
22. Staff are required to read and sign all policies related to identifying, documenting, and reporting child abuse and attend trainings on the subject.
23. Staff will act in a caring, honest, respectful, and responsible manner.
I understand that any violation of this code of conduct may result in termination.
Employee signature ________________________________________________
Supervisor signature ________________________________________________
Date: ______________________________

| Home | Get Help | Latest News | Mission Statement | Curriculum | Contact | SiteMap |

ABM Ministries
PO Box 100 / RR 3 Box 34725
Piedmont, MO 63957