Statement of Conduct for Working with Youth

Rotary International is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all participants in Rotary activities. It is the duty of all Rotarians, Rotarians' spouses, partners, and other volunteers to safeguard to the best of their ability the welfare of, and to prevent the physical sexual, or emotional abuse of, children and young people with whom they come into contact.

Adopted by the RI Board of Directors, November 2002

The above statement of conduct provides the basic principle for Rotarians to follow when working with young people in any capacity. A Youth Protection Program with specific plans and procedures helps to ensure that Rotarians and other volunteers exemplify this conduct. In addition, such a proactive approach further demonstrates Rotary's commitment to youth, helps to prevent specific incidents of abuse and to mitigate their negative effects, thus protecting the long-term viability of youth programs, and strengthening the trust of participants and their parents.

District 5020 requires that all clubs within the district comply with RI and District guidelines for abuse and harassment prevention. In order to assist clubs with this task District 5020 has developed and approved Guidelines for Rotary Youth Programs. To assist clubs, a Club Youth Services Certification Acknowledgement document has been developed, which outlines in point form the responsibilities of each club in accordance with the District Guidelines for Rotary Youth Programs.  Club President-elect's receive an email prior to the start of their year asking them to assign a Club Youth Protection Officer and Club Youth Services Chair (if a club doesn't do Rotary Youth Programs, both positions can be filled by the same individual).  Each of these three individuals is sent an email with a link to complete the Club Youth Services Certification Acknowledgement.  This process should be completed before the Club President-elect assumes office on July 1st.

Our youth protection data is maintained in two different systems:  The Youth Exchange Administration Hub (YEAH) for Rotary Youth Exchange Programs; and the WESSEX Youth Protection Administration (YPA) system for all other Rotary Youth Programs.  Data is periodically transferred from YEAH to the WESSEX YPA system so that Rotarians have one view of a club's youth protection certification status. 

Note:  Rotarians who are individually certified in YEAH do not need to be screened in the WESSEX YPA system.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the District Youth Protection Officer:

          Mike Cloutier

Please click on the links to the left to obtain the documents you need.