Compassion’s Code of Conduct
In accordance to our Child Protection Policy, both adults and minors must sign our Code of Conduct Form. While you are in-country, please adhere to these guidelines, which are taken from the Code of Conduct:
- Always engage with children in open, visible areas and be sure a church or Compassion staff member is present.
- Never take a child into a hotel room or other private area.
- Visitors may not seek or accept accommodations at the Compassion student center or church partner, with the family of any sponsored child or student, at a staff member’s home, or with a member of the community. Overnight stays are strictly prohibited.
- If you witness child abuse or think a child might be in danger, report it to your host/translator or your Custom Visit Specialist.
- Be sure that your appearance, language and behavior demonstrate respect for the children, their families and their culture.
- Engage with children in age-appropriate ways, and refrain from any behaviors that might be considered inappropriate or flirtatious. For example, while asking/allowing a young child to sit on your lap might be appropriate, asking/allowing a teenage girl to do the same would not be appropriate.
- You are not allowed to visit a Compassion center or a child’s home outside your set itinerary. Any attempt to visit a child and/or family on your own may result in dismissal from the trip/visit and termination of your sponsorship account.
- Do not give cash directly to any child, family or Compassion center staff member.
- Do not exchange any personal contact information (including email address, phone number, physical address or social media contact information) with Compassion-assisted children or their families.
Please note that if Compassion determines that any of these guidelines have been violated, whether deliberately or inadvertently, we may, in our sole and exclusive discretion, cancel or immediately terminate a visit.
Thank you for following these important guidelines. They are meant not only to protect the children we serve, but also to protect you from wrongful allegations of misconduct.