Supporting those we serve
Following is a basic Behavior Management Policy (taken from our summer camp). The big things to remember are A) manage the behavior before it gets bad, and B) never injure a child with punishment.
1. Discuss with with children and youth the basic rules and why they are important, as well the results of inappropriate behavior and breaking the rules.
2. Set classroom rules together. If possible, let children set their own (with guidelines) and agree to them as a group, using your judgment and our rules as to acceptable behavior. Let them learn to be responsible for themselves. You may want to write a contract with groups who are having difficulty and need some guidance.
3. If safety is an issue, do not haggle! State the behavior that is wrong and stop it immediately!!!
4. Steps to stopping a negative behavior:
To apply consequences:
5. Steps to working with children who continue to break the rules or act inappropriately:
6. Reconciliation is the last step. Work to build the community back up. If the behavior hurt feelings, help the child apologize and help the community accept and come back together.
Keep the Rector (or person in charge of the program) informed about inappropriate behavior problems and rule breaking, as this may be an indication of a larger issue in the church environment or at home. Administrative staff will make periodic evaluations of the program, staff members, and children's groups to insure that the camp environment is not contributing to behavior problems.
DO NOT at any time:
*Deprive any child of food or water
* Place a child alone without supervision
Subject a child to:
* Corporal punishment
* Excessive physical exercise or excessive restraint
* Verbal abuse
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