YCYH Behaviour Policy 2023

Whilst under our care, all children must understand and adhere to the following rules:

  • Obey the rules for the safety and welfare of all, including all rules issued by YCYH leaders, Rock UK staff, and other organisations leading any activities.
  • Listen to, and act upon, all reasonable instructions given by YCYH leaders, Rock UK staff, and other organisations leading any activities.
  • Show respect to leaders, including Rock UK staff, and other groups who share the centre.
  • No smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes.
  • Under no circumstances should any child be under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any other substance, except for their own personal medical reasons.
  • No bullying, including either physical or verbal intimidation or threat to another person.
  • No use of language that causes offence to another person.
  • Observe fire regulations.
  • Do not be involved in any activity, which could cause potential harm to themselves or others (e.g. bringing offensive weapons, the involvement in pranks).
  • Respect for all facilities and equipment, and all accidents and breakages must be reported.
  • Sleeping accommodation is strictly single sex occupancy. Under no circumstances should boys be in girls’ lodges or girls in boys’ lodges.

We aim to develop self-discipline in the children entrusted to us, but sanctions may be necessary to deal with bad behaviour. An apology for actions that go against the code of conduct should always be sought.

Sanctions will be applied in the following order:

  • Individual warning with their lodge leaders in attendance.
  • Individual warning by the leadership group including one of their lodge leaders in attendance.
  • Exclusion from activities, including those run by Rock UK
  • Informal discussion with the parent/carer over their child’s behaviour, indicating the possibility of being excluded.
  • Formal discussion with the parent/carer with view on permanent exclusion, if their child’s behaviour is consistently detrimental to the wellbeing of himself/herself or others. The parent/carer will be responsible to collect their child at their own expense, with no holiday or activity refund returned.
  • Exclusion from further YCYH camps in the future, following agreement by the charity Trustees.

In line with the 1996 Education Act, in the exceptional situation of a child being a danger to themselves or to others, he/she may be restrained by a worker(s), using reasonable force. In the event of a serious incident we will remove from danger where safe to do so; and immediately contact their parent/carer to collect them. This will be the responsibility of the parent/carer to collect the child at their own expense, with no holiday or activity refund returned.