The following code of practice applies to all Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber Training staff working with children, young people or adults in particular situations who may be vulnerable:

  • Always work in an open environment avoiding private or unobserved situations and encouraging open communication.
  • Treat everyone as individuals with equal concern, respecting their background and culture.
  • Always put the welfare of each person first.
  • Maintain a safe and appropriate distance from each person, including no physical contact without the person's permission, whilst maintaining supervision.
  • Do not take a learner alone in a car on journeys, however short. If this is unavoidable, ensure you tell someone else where you are going, what you are doing and why.
  • Do not speak inappropriately to a learner i.e. do not use bad language or sexually suggestive language.
  • Avoid unnecessary physical contact.
  • Unless circumstances make it impossible to comply, do not take a child or vulnerable adult to the toilet unless either (a) another adult is present or (b) another adult is aware.
  • If you find you are in a situation where you are alone with a child, young person or vulnerable adult, wherever practicable make sure that others can clearly observe you.
  • Avoid close personal relationships with a child, young person or vulnerable adult in relation to whom you are in a position of trust.
  • Do not make suggestive or inappropriate remarks to or about a child, young person or vulnerable adult, even in fun, as this could be misinterpreted.
  • If a child, young person or vulnerable adult accuses a student or member of staff of abuse or inappropriate behaviour, you should report this immediately to the relevant person.
  • The duty to report applies equally to complaints or accusations of historic, and not just recent, abuse/inappropriate behaviour.
  • Participate in the training available to you to support you in your work with children, young people and vulnerable adults.
  • Good practice includes valuing and respecting children, young people and vulnerable adults as individuals, and the adult modelling of appropriate conduct – which would exclude bullying, aggressive behaviour and discrimination in any form.


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