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Volunteer Ethics and Security Procedures

Volunteer Ethics

I. Douglas County Youth Services requires the highest possible level of conduct from all volunteers to protect the integrity of service delivery and to facilitate the recruitment and retention of the highest caliber volunteers.

A. Relationships with Juveniles/ Staff/ Teachers/ Parents/Volunteers /the Public:

1. Volunteers will respect and protect the civil and legal rights of all juveniles.
2. Volunteers will approach each situation with appropriate concern for the juvenile’s welfare and with no purpose of personal gain.
3. Relationships with colleagues and staff will be of such character to promote mutual respect.
4. Volunteers shall not make public statements critical of colleagues, staff or the agency.
5. Volunteers will respect the importance of all elements of the juvenile justice system and promote professional cooperation with each segment.
6. Volunteers will respect and protect the right of the juvenile to be safeguarded from criminal activity.

B. Volunteers Conduct/Practices:

1. No volunteers will use his or her official position to secure privileges or advantages from a juvenile or their families.
2. No volunteers, while acting in an official capacity, will allow any personal interest to impair objectivity in the performance of their duty.
3. No volunteers will accept any gift or favor of such nature to imply an obligation that is inconsistent with the free and objective exercise of professional responsibilities.
4. When serving in an official capacity, volunteers will only make statements authorized by the Director of Douglas County Youth Services.
5. Each volunteer will report, without exception, any corrupt or unethical behavior which could affect either a juvenile or the integrity of Youth Services.
6. Volunteers will not discriminate against any juvenile, employee, or prospective employee on the basis of race, sex, creed, or national origin.
7. Volunteers will maintain the integrity of private information. They will neither seek personal data beyond that needed to perform their responsibilities, nor reveal case information to anyone.

Security Procedures

The goal of this facility is to provide a physically secure and emotionally stable environment. The programs offered by this facility, coupled with the structured environment, are designed to nurture stable, caring and interactive relationships between staff and youth. These relationships foster an atmosphere of stability and trust, perhaps the most stable and trusting environment some youth have ever encountered. The foundation of the program incorporates the following areas:

1. Behavior Modification
2. Education
3. Recreation/Activities
4. Individual and Group Guidance

Behavior Modification enters into all of the other areas and is the basis upon which the relationships between youth, volunteers and staff are built. The program literally spells out what is expected of youth. Enforcement of the program by staff requires youth to accept responsibility for their own behavior. The program deals with both positive and negative behavior by providing immediate positive and negative consequences.

Intervention is a critical aspect of maintaining a safe and secure environment. It is impossible to determine what situations might be prevented through early intervention in a single, potentially confrontational event. Through observation of individual youth and the group as a whole, staff should become cognizant of subtle clues which are indicators of impending mood changes. The benefits of intervention are clear when compared to the possibility that the disruptive behavior of one may become contagious--first and foremost, the physical well-being of staff and other residents/ students is protected, and secondly, the stability of the program is maintained.

What follows is an outline of the security procedures that pertain to you as a volunteer, you will need to be aware of potential security issues and follow agency policy while in your role as a volunteer here.

Definitions:

Secured Area:

All areas of the facility within the secured perimeter accessible only by detained or day school youth. This includes staff controlled areas i.e. Recreation Yard, Visitation, Intake and areas not accessible by youth such as Storage Areas and Control I.

Staff Members:

Employees of Douglas County Youth Services, and Unified School District 497.

Administration:

 Director, Assistant Director, Detention Operations Manager, Supervisors, and Administrative Services Supervisor employed by Douglas County Youth Services.
Volunteers: Tutors, Interns, Chaplains, or any person who donates their time to assist in providing programs and services to youth assigned to DCYS.