The Labour Party Safeguarding Code of Conduct
The Safeguarding Code of Conduct outlines the behaviour expected of staff, volunteers, members and elected representatives of the Labour Party, and staff, members and volunteers of other organisations who engage with children and adults at risk through the Labour Party and its activities. The underpinning principles of the code are that:
- The welfare of children and adults at risk is paramount
- It is the responsibility of all staff, volunteers, members and elected representatives to behave with integrity, maturity and good judgement
The Safeguarding Code of Conduct is intended to provide a minimum framework for safer working practice for staff, members, volunteers and elected representatives who work with, or come into contact with, children and adults at risk at all levels of party engagement and activity.
It serves three main purposes:
- To help to protect children and adults at risk from abuse and/or inappropriate behaviour from other individuals
- To clarify the standard of behaviour required of staff, members, volunteers and elected representatives
- To reduce the possibility of unfounded allegations of abuse being made against staff, members, volunteers and elected representatives
It is the responsibility of all staff, members, volunteers and elected representatives to ensure that their behaviour meets the standards of this code of conduct at all times. Any breaches of the code must be reported.
Staff, members or volunteers who are found to have breached this code of conduct may be subject to the Labour Party’s disciplinary procedures. Any breach of the code involving a volunteer or member of staff from another organisation will result in them being reported to the appropriate safeguarding officer within that organisation.
For members, volunteers and elected representatives this Code relates to Labour Party rules is:
“No member of the Party shall engage in conduct which in the opinion of the NEC is prejudicial or in any act which in the opinion of the NEC is grossly detrimental to the Party” (2016 Rule Book, Chp 2.1.8).
A referral may be made to a statutory agency such as the police and/or the local authority children’s or adult social care department if the behaviour alleged to have breached the code of conduct constitutes a safeguarding allegation.