CHILD AND YOUTH CARE ASSOCIATION OF ALBERTA – CODE OF ETHICS
The Code of Ethics shall apply to and form the basis of acceptable conduct for all members of the Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta (C.Y.C.A.A.).
While not an inclusive statement of all items of acceptable conduct the Code of Ethics outlines standards in accordance with the regulations of the C.Y.C.A.A.
Failure to abide by the articles of the Code of Ethics will result in disciplinary action by the Executive Board in accordance with the regulations of the C.Y.C.A.A.
The C.Y.C.A.A. and its members in addition to the articles of this code are responsible to act in accordance with Common Law, Federal and Provincial Human Rights Legislation, the United Nations Declaration of Children’s Rights, Accreditation Standards, and applicable legislation governing the scope of practice.
The Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta and its members respect the dignity and worth of the individual, value the contribution of the family as the main tool of development of the well-adjusted child, and strive to protect respect and promote the rights and welfare of all those who receive services from members of the association.
- Members of the Child and Youth Care Association (hereafter referred to as members) shall practice the profession to the best of their ability, and in any case in line with the current state of the profession in respect to standards and regulations governing child care in the Province of Alberta.
- Members are responsible for ensuring that their relationships with their clients are therapeutic to those clients and within professional boundaries. In a situation where the relationship is of no benefit or is detrimental to the welfare or wellbeing of the client it is the duty of the member to terminate the non-therapeutic relationship and refer the client to other professionals.
- Members will maintain professionalism in consultation, communication, and collaboration with other professionals in providing the best possible care for the client. In situations where the member believes that the involvement of another professional is not in the best interests of a client it is the members’ responsibility to advocate for the client.
- Members will insure accuracy of information and soundness of recommendations forwarded to another involved professional, agency, or the courts.
- Members will not violate legal or civil rights of clients or others with whom they come in contact with in the practice of the profession. Nor will members take any action which is inconsistent with the maintenance of dignity and worth of their clients or other affected by their professional actions.
- Failure to comply with relevant provincial and local agency regulations, standards, and codes shall be considered a breach of the Code of Ethics of the C.Y.C.A.A. if the member was in a position to know the relevant regulation, standard, or code.
- Members shall divorce themselves from any situation or consideration which causes or may be seen to cause a loss of objectivity or effectiveness.
- It is the responsibility of the member to maintain their personal and professional integrity. Any contract position or agency/organizational directive or requirement which the member feels is in conflict with this article must be reported to the office of the C.Y.C.A.A.
- Members will maintain confidentiality with regard to information concerning clients. Information obtained in the course of executing their professional duties will not be shared with anyone except in a professional capacity.
- Any use of client information for teaching, public education, or research is acceptable only if the client and all those in a position of legal responsibility have given informed consent for the release of the information. Informed consent includes an explanation of the purposes for which the information is intended.
- Any use of confidential information for teaching, public education, or research purposes requires the member thoroughly disguises the identity of the client and other involved.
- Interviews, counselling sessions, meetings, interrogations, and any other form of interpersonal communication other than those which produce a hard copy version of the interaction require informed consent be obtained by the member prior to recording by electronic means or transcription. In cases of hard copy, such as letters or fax transmission, informed consent will be assumed from the act of transmission.
- Members are responsible for ensuring that when presenting a personal opinion they make the recipient of the opinion aware that it is a personal opinion. Additionally, members will strive to maintain objectivity in their statements and discussions.
- Members will not undermine the confidence of clients in other members of the association or in other professionals. In cases where the member has problems with the practice of another member or other professional they will deal appropriately with the individual, their supervisor, and/or their professional association.
- The member publicly respects the prerogatives and obligations of the institutions or organizations with which they are associated.
- The member shall act in such a manner as to maintain and enhance the honour and prestige of the profession.
- Members shall not intentionally, and will make every effort not to accidentally, compromise the Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta and/or the objectives of the C.Y.C.A.A. in any way and by any means. Members have the responsibility of involving themselves in their professional association and working to strengthen that association
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Please return to the Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta- by email firstname.lastname@example.org; by fax (780) 448-9159
Or by mail- Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta, #202 (B)-6715-76 Ave, Edmonton, Alberta T6B 0A9
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