PEACEMAKERS Code of Conduct
In keeping with its vision and values, Peacemakers is committed to maintaining the highest degree of ethical conduct amongst all its volunteers, staff and associated personnel. To help increase understanding, this Code of Conduct details Peacemakers expectations of all signed up persons.
Scope and purpose
This Code of Conduct applies to all volunteers, staff, international and local, signed up by Peacemakers.
The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to set out the conduct expected of Peacemakers volunteers and staff whilst in signed up service to the organisation and forms part of all commitments to service. The Code is always applicable. Breaches of the Code of Conduct are grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.
Whilst recognising that local laws and cultures differ considerably from one country to another, Peacemakers is an International Non-Governmental Organisation, and therefore the Code of Conduct is developed from international and UN standards. Peacemakers volunteer and staff members are expected to uphold local law wherever they operate, except where the Code of Conduct is more stringent, in which case the Code applies.
Mission and values:
To be a force for good, a beneficial presence bringing assurance, confidence, and safety to the areas patrolled.
To significantly reduce the volume of crime, in areas of high gang/ gun/drug-related incidents and hate crimes. To Demystify and lessen the threat of crime in these areas and to console and support victims of crime.
To help build safer cohesive communities by working with local community members at the grass-root level, groups, organizations, schools, police and government projects.
To hold high moral standards. Individual personal responsibility for behaviour, ensuring that no harm or disrepute to hinder or discredit the service of Peacemakers. Individual responsibility to uphold regular spiritual practices to maintain their spiritual prowess, a necessity for Prayer Patrols.
“Prayer Patrols is just one of the many organizations working on the ground to help prevent anti-social behaviour. We are accessible and visible; this makes a huge difference on the streets. We encourage people to use Crimestoppers which helps and gives Police more time to deal with the more serious crimes.” – Reverend Palmer
Code of Conduct Standards
Uphold the integrity and reputation of [NGO] by ensuring that my professional and personal conduct is consistent with Peacemakers values and standards
- I will treat all people fairly with respect and dignity
- When working in an international context or travelling internationally on behalf of Peacemakers, I will be observant of all local laws and be sensitive to local customs
- I will seek to ensure that my conduct does not bring Peacemakers into disrepute and does not impact on or undermine my ability to undertake the role for which I am volunteering/employed
- I will not work under the influence of alcohol or use, or be in possession of, illegal substances on Peacemakers patrols, premises or accommodations
Not engage in abusive or exploitative conduct
- I will not engage in sexual activity with children (persons under the age of 18). Mistaken belief in the age of a child is not a defence
- I will not exchange of money, employment, goods or services for sex, including sexual favours or other forms of humiliating, degrading or exploitative behaviour, is prohibited. This includes any exchange of assistance that is due to beneficiaries of assistance
- I will not engage in sexual relationships with beneficiaries of assistance since they are based on inherently unequal power dynamics
- I will not engage in any commercially exploitative activities with children or vulnerable adults including child labour or trafficking
- I will not physically assault a child or vulnerable adult
- I will not emotionally or psychologically abuse a child or vulnerable adult
Ensure the safety, health and welfare of all Peacemakers volunteers and staff members and associated personnel (volunteers, partners, suppliers and contractors)
- I will adhere to all legal and organisational health and safety requirements in force at my location of service/work
- I will comply with any local security guidelines and be pro-active in informing management of any necessary changes to such guidelines
- I will behave in a manner such as to avoid any unnecessary risk to the safety, health and welfare of myself and others, including partner organisations and communities with whom we work
Be responsible for the use of information, assets and resources to which I have access by reason of my volunteering/employment with Peacemakers
- I will ensure that I use Peacemakers assets and resources entrusted to me in a responsible manner and will account for all money and property
- I will not use Peacemakers IT equipment, software or e-mail and social media platforms to engage in activity that is illegal under local or international law or that encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offence. This includes any material that intimidates or harasses any group based on protected characteristics or encourages extremism
- I will not use Peacemakers IT equipment to view, download, create, distribute or save in any format inappropriate or abusive material including but not limited to pornography or depictions of child abuse
Perform my duties and conduct my private life in a manner that avoids conflicts of interest
- I will not be involved in awarding benefits, contracts for goods or services, employment or promotion within Peacemakers to any person with whom I have a financial, personal, family (or close intimate relationship) interests
- I will seek permission before agreeing to be nominated as a prospective candidate for an official role which represents the organisation.
- I will not accept significant gifts or any remuneration from governments, communities with whom we work, donors, suppliers and other persons which have been offered to me as a result of my service with Peacemakers unless given permission to accept.
- I will exercise due care in all matters of official business, and not divulge any confidential information relating to colleagues, service/work-related matters or any sensitive information unless legally required to do so
Complaints and reports
PEACEMAKERS volunteers and staff are obligated to bring to the attention of the relevant persons any potential incident, abuse or concern that they witness, are made aware of, or suspect which appears to breach the Standards contained in this Code. Peacemakers volunteers or staff reporting concerns are protected by the Peacemakers policy to protect.
Staff members who have a complaint or concern relating to a breach of the Code should report it immediately to appropriate persons. If the staff member does not feel comfortable reporting to their line manager (for example if they feel that the report will not be taken seriously, or if that person is implicated in the concern) they may report directly to Commissioner by email firstname.lastname@example.org or Telephone 07508390298
Volunteer/Staff members receiving reports or concerns are obliged to action or refer the report immediately as per the Peacemakers Complaints procedure.
In accepting my appointment, I undertake to discharge my duties and to regulate my conduct in accordance with the requirements of this Code