Code of Conduct When Working with Youth


When children are included in LCP theatrical productions, workshops or activities all LCP adult personnel must be cognizant of our behavior and personal conduct. The following Code of Conduct is intended to assist LCP troupe members, volunteers and contractors in appropriate interactions with youth. The Conduct with Youth outlines specific expectations of the troupe members, volunteers and contractors as we strive to accomplish our mission together. For clarification of any guideline, or to inquire about behaviors not addressed here, please contact any board member.

LCP provides our youth with an opportunity to participate in theatrical productions, workshops and activities. We are committed to creating an environment for youth that is safe, nurturing, empowering, and that promotes growth and success. No form of abuse will be tolerated, and confirmed abuse will result in immediate dismissal from LCP. All reports of suspicious or inappropriate behavior with youth or allegation of abuse will be taken seriously. LCP will fully cooperate with authorities if allegations of abuse are made that require investigation.

  1. Youth will be treated with respect at all times.
  2. Youth will be treated fairly regardless of race, sex, age, or religion.
  3. Troupe members, volunteers and contractors will not abuse youth  in anyway including (but not limited to) the following:
  • Physical abuse: hitting, spanking, shaking, slapping, unnecessary restraints;
  • Verbal abuse: degrading, threatening, cursing;
  • Sexual abuse: inappropriate touching, exposing oneself, sexually oriented conversations; sexually oriented materials
  • Physical abuse: hitting, spanking, shaking, slapping, unnecessary restraints;
  • Verbal abuse: degrading, threatening, cursing;
  • Mental abuse: shaming, humiliation, cruelty;
  • Neglect: withholding food, water, shelter
  1. Troupe members, volunteers and contractors will utilize appropriate designated dressing rooms for dressing/changing costumes.
  2. Troupe members, volunteers and contractors will avoid affection with youth that cannot be observed by others.
  3. Troupe members, volunteers and contractors will adhere to uniform standards of appropriate verbal interactions.
  4. Troupe members, volunteers and contractors will not stare at or comment on youths’ bodies.
  5. Troupe members, volunteers and contractors will not date or become romantically involved with youth.
  6. Troupe members, volunteers and contractors will not use or be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs in the presence of youth.
  7. Troupe members, volunteers and contractors will not have printed or online pornography on premises.
  8. Troupe members, volunteers and contractors will not have secrets with youth and will only give gifts with prior permission.
  9. Troupe members, volunteers and contractors will not engage in inappropriate electronic communication with youth.
  10. Troupe members, volunteers and contractors are prohibited from working one-on-one with youth in a private setting. Troupe members, volunteers and contractors will use common areas when working with individual youth.
  11. Troupe members, volunteers and contractors will report concerns or complaints about other employees, volunteers, adults, or youth to any member of the LCP board.
  12. LCP cooperates fully with the authorities to investigate all cases of alleged abuse. All troupe members, volunteers or contractors shall cooperate to the fullest extent possible in any external investigation by outside authorities or internal investigation conducted by the organization or persons given investigative authority by the organization. Failure to cooperate fully may be grounds for termination.

 One-on-One Interactions

Most abuse occurs when an adult is alone with a youth. LCP prohibits private one-on-one interactions unless approved in advance by the board chair. In those situations where one-on-one interactions are approved, LCP troupe members, contractors and volunteers must observe the following additional guidelines to manage the risk of abuse or false allegations of abuse:

Additional Guidelines for One-on-One Interactions
If it is necessary to meet one-on-one with a youth always do so in a public place where you are in full view of others. If meeting in a room or office, leave the door open or move to an area that can be easily observed by others passing by. Inform other LCP employees and volunteers that you are alone with a youth and ask them to randomly drop in. Avoid physical affection that can be misinterpreted. Limit affection to pats on the shoulder, high-fives, and handshakes. Document and immediately report any unusual incidents, including disclosures of abuse or maltreatment, behavior problems and how they were handled, injuries, or any interactions that might be misinterpreted.

Acknowledgement: Child Safety Policy

I acknowledge that I have received and read the Child Safety Policy and/or had it explained to me. I understand that it is my responsibility to abide by all rules contained in the policy. By filling out this form and clicking the submit button I have digitally signed this document.