Code of conduct & Safeguarding Policy

Code of Conduct

Bizrupt’s work is based on deeply held values and principles.

Our Core Values, which underpin everything we do, are to be:

  • Approachable – we are open-minded and value diversity
  • Non-judgemental – we focus on the potential, not the past
  • Inspiring – we lead by example
  • Empowering – we enable positive change
  • Passionate – we are absolutely committed to supporting young people

Our Values articulate who we are and how we work together to achieve our aims to help young people. If any of us fails to act in a way that is consistent with our values and principles, we fail as an organisation and we fail the children and young people we aim to support.

The Code of Conduct provides clear guidance on what we expect of our employees, trainers, volunteers and other representatives, as well as provides examples of conduct that will always be unacceptable. It is the responsibility of us all to ensure our behaviour is consistent with this Code.

All employees, trainers, volunteers and representatives of Bizrupt are expected to promote its values and principles and protect its reputation by:

  • Working actively to protect children and young people by complying with the Safeguarding policy and procedures, Privacy Policy and Terms of Use of Bizrupt.
  • Respecting the basic rights of others by acting fairly, honestly and sensitively, and by treating people with dignity and respect, in line with the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use of Bizupt.
  • Challenging or preventing harassment, intimidation or discrimination.
  • Complying with Bizrupt’s policies and reporting any incident relating to bribery, corruption, money laundering, fraud, theft, terrorism or modern slavery.
  • Maintaining high standards of personal and professional conduct.
  • Registering any relevant gifts or hospitality received (or given) in accordance with Bizrupt’s policy and procedures.
  • Notifying managers of any potential conflicts of interest.
  • Protecting the safety and well-being of yourself and others.
  • Protecting the organisation’s assets and resources.
  • Working with our partners to ensure that, equivalent standards of safeguarding, dignity and respect are in place.
  • Reporting any matter that breaks the standards contained in this Code of Conduct.
  • Taking complaints seriously and ensuring they are properly investigated.

Bizrupt expects the highest standard of personal and professional behaviour from all employees, trainers, volunteers and representatives working with and for them. All are expected to adhere to the requirements contained in the Code of Conduct and the Safeguarding Policy. In line with international standards, this means we will not tolerate the following:

  • Engaging in sexual relations with anyone under the age of 18, or abusing or exploiting a child or young person in any way. Children are defined as anyone under the age of 18.
  • Encouraging or receiving sex or sexual favours in exchange for goods or services, food, employment or offers of employment, or money.
  • Drinking alcohol whilst working or using any other substances in a way that adversely affects your ability to do your job or affects the reputation of Bizrupt.
  • Being in possession of, or profiting from the sale of, illegal goods or substances.
  • Accepting bribes or significant gifts from governments, beneficiaries, donors, suppliers or others, which have been offered as a result of your employment.
  • Undertaking business for the supply of goods or services to Bizrupt with family, friends or personal contacts or using Bizrupt’s assets for personal benefit.
  • Behaving in a way which threatens the security of ourselves or others.
  • Using the organisation’s computer or other equipment to view, download, create or distribute inappropriate material, such as pornography.
  • Harassment, intimidation, discrimination or putting pressure on others to discriminate.
  • Any behaviour that brings Bizrupt or our partner organisations into disrepute.

The Code of Conduct and Safeguarding Policy are subject to review and change at the discretion of Bizrupt. Failure to meet the requirements set out in any of these, or related, documents may result in disciplinary action, including dismissal in some cases.

Safeguarding Policy

1. Foreword

Bizrupt works with children and young people. Our programmes are designed to support young people to reach their full potential so that they can learn, work and thrive.

Harm towards children and young people is a global issue and can include physical and emotional abuse, neglect and exploitation, sexual abuse and other forms of gender-based violence. We recognise that the impact of experiencing such harm has significant and long-term consequences that can create barriers to an individual reaching their full potential. 

2. Scope

All staff and representatives of 100mentors and Bizrupt must act according to this policy in both their professional and personal lives, without exception. This includes:

  • All Bizrupt staff, including those on contracts such as consultants, trainers and researchers
  • Trustees, volunteers, and interns
  • Staff and representatives of partner agencies, or any other individuals, groups, or organisations with a formal/contractual relationship with Bizrupt that brings them into contact with children and young people.
  • Donors, supporters, journalists, ambassadors, and others who may come into contact with children and young people through their involvement with the Buizrupt programmes or its partners, must act in accordance with this policy whilst visiting programmes or offices or engaging in campaigns or events.

3. Purpose

The purpose of this policy is:  

  • To ensure that the Safeguarding First ethos of Bizrupt is upheld throughout all areas of work
  • To ensure that all staff, volunteers and representatives are aware of their responsibilities with regard to safeguarding, that they are confident in the behaviour expected of them, and are supported in upholding this. 
  • To ensure that we have robust frameworks in place to prevent and proactively mitigate any risks of harm and know that we can respond effectively should any concerns or incidents of harm arise.
  • To ensure that expectations and requirements can be clearly communicated with others, to ensure standards are upheld in all areas of work.
  • To ensure that all individuals are aware of their responsibilities to report any safeguarding concerns and how to do this.

4. Legislative and regulatory framework

Bizrupt is committed to following law and guidance that seeks to protect and promote the safety and well-being of children and young people, namely:

  • UN Convention of the Rights of the Child 1991
  • The Greek legislation

5. Safeguarding commitment

5.1 We are committed to ensuring that all our projects, programmes, activities and interventions are safe and provide supportive environments for children and young people.  

5.2 We will work proactively to prevent harm, including abuse or exploitation, being caused to young people as a result of their interaction with our organisation.

5.3 We will respond quickly and robustly if any incidents or allegations of harm do occur.

6. Safeguarding Principles

Our approach to safeguarding is built on the following principles:  

  • Safeguarding must be considered at all stages of any project, programme or activity, from conception and design, through implementation and delivery and review. 
  • Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. All staff and representatives must work to actively promote the safety and well-being of children and young people.  
  • All children and young people have an equal right to protection from harm, abuse or exploitation, regardless of age, race, gender, disability, culture, language, religious beliefs or sexual orientation. 
  • We will always respond to any safeguarding concerns or allegations. They will always be taken seriously and responded to appropriately. This includes historical allegations. 

7. Safeguarding Policy rules

7.1 No staff member or other representatives must have sexual intercourse or engage in any sexual activity with anyone under 18 years of age, regardless of the age of consent locally. Mistaken belief in the age of a child is not a defence.

7.2 All children and young people have an equal right to protection, regardless of their age, sex,  gender, sexuality, nationality, ethnicity, religion, disability, socio-economic background, or any other characteristic. This especially applies to those who are in vulnerable circumstances or less able to protect themselves.

7.3 All staff and representatives must act in line with this Safeguarding Policy and the Code of Conduct which ensures that the protection and promotion of the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and other vulnerable groups is prioritised at all times.

7.4 No staff member or other representative will use their position of power or authority, their position or relationship within Bizrupt or Bizrupt’s reputation for exploiting others.

7.5 All staff must ensure they respect the privacy of children and young people. This means not sharing personal information or details without explicit consent or for an approved purpose. This includes taking and sharing images of young people.

8. Responsibilities

8.1 Bizrupt shall recruit staff, contractors and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are in place prior to any travel and/or work with children and young people.

8.2 PTI requires all staff, volunteers and other representatives to undertake induction and safeguarding training appropriate to their position when joining and refresher training every two years.  

8.3 PTI will provide accessible routes for staff, partners, and volunteers to raise any concerns and ensure these are dealt with thoroughly and sensitively. 

9. Reporting safeguarding concerns and allegations

We maintain robust and effective arrangements for protecting and promoting the safety and well-being of children and young people participating in our programmes or activities. We follow our Code of Conduct and have created three different channels of incident reporting: (1) a mobile phone number dedicated to the needs of the project (it is given only to the participants), (2) an online form which the Project Manager receives and (3) a dedicated email (incident@bizrupt.gr) which the Project Manager receives. We communicate these channels to young participants at the beginning of every programme of Foundit and Get Hired.