Safe Child Policy

The Boychoir is committed to providing a safe environment for all its members, one that is free from bullying, harassment, or abuse in any form.  Members of the Boychoir are inclusive of all people regardless of differences in socioeconomic background, religion, culture, sexual identity, or ethnicity.

All adults that wish to be considered as chaperones and/or choir parents for the Boychoir must complete a free online training course provided by the Boy Scouts of America. Click here to register and take the course. Please print the letter at the end of the training confirming your completion of the course.

Boychoir Member Behavior Guidelines

One of the developmental tasks of childhood is to learn appropriate behavior.  The Boychoir provides many opportunities for growth and development.  The positive examples set by the directors and older boys in the program play a role in shaping that development.

All members of the Cincinnati Boychoir are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the principles set forth in the Boychoir Handbook.  Physical violence, hazing, bullying, theft, verbal insults, and drugs and alcohol have no place in the Boychoir program.

Any student who bullies a fellow Boychoir member physically, verbally, or otherwise in person or electronically will be liable for immediate dismissal from the Boychoir.

The director will address complaints of harassment or bullying immediately with the student and his parent/s.  Boys and their parents are encouraged to bring any concerns to the directors or to the Boychoir board if necessary.

Disciplinary action appeals may be made to the Board of Trustees in the case of irreconcilable circumstances (board@cincinnatiboychoir.org).

Statement of Respect – written by the 2010-2011 Tour Choir

We, the young men of the Cincinnati Boychoir, in order to form a more perfect brotherhood,

  • Will be respectful of the people and places around us;
  • Will be good sportsmen and think positively;
  • Will be actively nice and treat others how we want to be treated;
  • Will own our mistakes, and not point out those of others;
  • Will lose proudly and win graciously;
  • Will listen when others are talking;
  • Will not talk with a potty mouth;
  • Will always work at 110%;
  • Will never, ever complain.

Leadership Selection

The Cincinnati Boychoir takes great pride in the quality of its adult leadership.    In order to maintain a safe environment, the Boychoir has implemented a code of conduct for directors and for any other paid personnel and volunteers in positions of trust who have regular contact with the boys and young people.  The directors, paid personnel, and volunteers such as Choir Parents and Tour Chaperones must complete a criminal background check prior to working with the boys.  While no current screening techniques exist that can identify every potential child abuser, we can help reduce the risk of accepting a child abuser by learning all we can about an applicant for a leadership position.  In addition, the directors and other paid personnel, as well as any volunteer that wishes to chaperone an overnight tour, are required to participate in a Safe Child Training program that includes information on child abuse.

Leadership Behavior Guidelines

In order to ensure that boys are kept safe at the Boychoir, directors and other adults working in the program must follow certain policies.  These policies are primarily for the protection of its youth members; however, they also serve to protect adult leaders.

  • One-on-one contact between adults and boys is prohibited.  Under no circumstances may a staff member or chaperone be alone with a child; an additional staff member or parent must be present.  In situations that require personal conferences, the meeting is to be conducted in view of other adults.
  • Privacy of boys is respected.  Adults must respect the privacy of Boychoir members in situations such as using bathroom facilities or changing into uniform, and intrude only to the extent that health and safety require.  Adults must protect their own privacy in similar situations.
  • Discipline must be constructive.  Discipline at the Boychoir should be constructive and reflect the values of the Boychoir.  Corporal punishment is never permitted.
  • Inappropriate use of cameras, imaging, or digital devices is prohibited.  Recording devices are easily accessible with the use of cell phones, making it very easy to invade the privacy of individuals.  It is inappropriate to use any device capable of recording or transmitting visual images in restrooms or other areas where privacy is expected.
  • No drugs or alcohol. Drug and alcohol use is not permitted by boys or adults at any time during rehearsals, concerts and/or tours.  Failure to adhere to this may result in dismissal from the choir.
  • Social media is restricted between adults and boys.  The use of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Instagram, etc. between adult leaders and youth members is prohibited.  Boys may follow the public Cincinnati Boychoir Facebook and Twitter pages assuming they have permission from parents.  Adult leaders may not communicate with youth members via social media such as Facebook until boys are the age of eighteen; paid staff of the Cincinnati Boychoir are expressly prohibited from ‘friending’ or otherwise communicating or following (and being followed by) Boychoir students under the age of eighteen. In the case of a personal email exchange with a student, the parent of the student will be copied on all communications originating from the staff member.