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Safeguarding Code of Conduct

Acting in a position of trust

Code of Conduct

This section gives information on the requirement on all members of staff, members, volunteers and elected representatives who are acting in a position of trust as part of their Labour Party role.


Acting in a Position of Trust

When engaging with children and adults at risk on behalf of the Labour Party, staff, volunteers and elected representatives are considered to be acting in a position of trust. A relationship of trust can be described as one in which one party is in a position of power or influence over the other by virtue of their work or the nature of their activity. It is vital for any person working on behalf of the party in a position of trust to understand the power this can give them over those they work with and the responsibility they must exercise as a consequence of this relationship.

Staff, members and volunteers, including elected representatives and senior officials, should be aware that they may be seen as role models by children, young people and adults at risk and therefore they must act in an appropriate manner at all times. Elected representatives and others in positions of authority must take particular care that their status and power is not used, or may seem to be used, inappropriately to influence children or adults at risk or to cause them harm.

Children aged sixteen or seventeen years old can legally consent to sexual activity but they may still be relatively immature emotionally. It is essential that staff, volunteers and elected representatives who are in a position of trust recognise this vulnerability and make sure it is not exploited. Staff, volunteers and elected representatives must not engage in sexual activity or allow a sexual relationship to develop with any member under the age of eighteen years old.  Any behaviour which might allow a sexual relationship to develop between the person in a position of trust and a child or young person must be avoided.

Where a person aged eighteen or over is in a specified position of trust with a young person under eighteen, it is an offence, in certain circumstances, for that person to engage in sexual activity with or in the presence of that young person, or to cause or incite that young person to engage in or watch sexual activity even if the young person appears to consent.

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