SEXUAL MISCONDUCT STATEMENT
As a volunteer of Friends of Youth, I support the belief that every child has the right to be free from physical abuse, sexual exploitation and inhumane treatment.
I understand by caring for or having contact with difficult children that I will be exposed to similar kinds of tensions and pressures, which often cause individuals to abuse and neglect children. At any point I experience anger or frustration and a desire to lash out at child who may have triggered these feelings, I will turn to co-workers to assist me in disengaging. I will also seek assistance from my supervisor in learning alternative coping techniques.
I understand that many of the youth with whom I have contact have already experienced physical and/or sexual abuse. As a result, many youth have developed nonproductive ways of relating and behaving that might include manipulative, seductive or provocative behaviors as well as disregard for personal and emotional boundaries. Being aware of this, I will be cognizant of my responsibility as an adult to avoid any behavior that might be construed by a client as reciprocal.
I understand it is my responsibility to report promptly to my supervisor any incident of abuse or sexual exploitation between clients or staff/volunteers and clients. I will cooperate fully in the investigation of any incident.
I understand if I am accused by a client of an abusive incident, I may be asked not to work directly with that client until the investigation has been completed. In some more serious incidents, I could be placed on leave with or without pay.