Statement of Conduct for Working with Youth

District 6440 strives to create and maintain a safe environment for all youth who participate in Rotary activities. To the best of their ability, Rotarians, Rotarians’ spouses and partners, and other volunteers must safeguard the children and young people they come into contact with and protect them from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.

 

District 6440's Program

1.  Annually, each Rotary Club's President will submit an Affidavit of Compliance that the club is familiar with the Rotary Youth Protection Guide, will comply with the district’s Youth Protection Policy, and will work to understand requirements of their community partners.  Club Presidents should click the link in the sidebar to review and complete the Affidavit of Compliance

2.  Beginning with Rotary Year 2019-20, District 6440 requires all Club Presidents, Youth Service Chairs, Interact Liaisons, all members and volunteers working with Rotary Youth Exchange students, all members of the District's Youth Service Team, and all staff of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program to annually complete Rotary's Protecting Youth Program Participants training or equivalent.  Click the link in the sidebar to access the online course.  

3.  All volunteers that have direct, unsupervised contact with youth in Club- or District-sponsored programs must annually complete that same training and undergo a criminal background check conducted by a supplier approved by the District’s Youth Protection Officer. 
  • The District Youth Exchange Chair will ensure volunteers for that program fulfill those requirements via YEAH (the Youth Exchange Administrative Hub).  
  • All others must complete the Volunteer Consent and Waiver on the District website that will initiate a criminal background check.  The District will cover the cost of three background checks for each Club, beyond those required for Rotary Youth Exchange.  Click the link in the sidebar to review and complete the Volunteer Consent and Waiver.

 

CONTACT D6440 YOUTH PROTECTION OFFICER WENDY MORGAN-ADAMS TO DISCUSS A SITUATION OR FOR INTERPRETATION OF ROTARY'S OR THE DISTRICT'S POLICY.  ANY ALLEGATIONS MUST BE REPORTED IMMEDIATELY TO THE YPO VIA PHONE AT (847) 259-5700.  ALSO, SEE THE DISTRICT 6440 YOUTH PROTECTION POLICY FOR INSTRUCTIONS.
 
NOTE:  Accessing the online course Protecting Youth Program Participants will require you to register with rotary.org, or sign-in if you have previously registered.   If the link does not take you to the course page, please navigate to the Learning Center, and search for the course in the Rotary Courses - English section.