Pod Volunteer has a responsibility to protect individuals at the projects and locations we work in around the world.
Pod Volunteer carries out screening of volunteers and has this policy in place to raise awareness and help prevent abuse.
Note: Pod Volunteer defines a child as anyone under the age of 18 years and a vulnerable adult as a person aged 18 years or over who may be unable to take care themselves, protect themselves from harm or prevent themselves from being exploited.
- Follow the local projects’ policies and rules
- Not spend time alone with children (or where relevant vulnerable adults) or be in a situation where they are not visible to others
- Discuss and listen to any issues or concerns
- Respect each individual’s boundaries and right to personal privacy
- Be sensitive about taking photographs and always ask permission
- Remember that someone else might misinterpret their actions
- Be aware of situations which may present risks and minimise these
- Try not to display any personal emotions which could be distressing for the children / vulnerable adults (including crying when leaving at the end of your placement)
- Inform the local staff and/or Pod Volunteer UK office if they witness or suspect inappropriate behaviour by someone else
Volunteers must never:
- Develop relationships with children or vulnerable adults which could in any way be deemed exploitative or abusive
- Condone, or participate in behaviour of children or vulnerable adults which is illegal, abusive or exposes them to danger
- Allow any rough or dangerous play, bullying, or the use of bad language or inappropriate behaviour
- Show favouritism to any individual or give excessive gifts (donations should be made via the project)
- Administer any medication or health products (this should be done by local staff)