St Margarets                                     ACNCChristos

Saint Margarets Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics provides for exemplary work practices and is the benchmark the Foundation’s staff who are expected to acknowledge and respect the worth of all individuals regardless of their race, religion, age, gender and other individual differences.

Principles underlying our Code of Ethics

  • Every human being, regardless of race, religion, gender, age or other individual differences has a right to maximise their potential providing it does not infringe upon the rights of others.
  • Social inclusion is a human right where every individual has an active role to play in society and has the expectation of full social, educational and economic participation. An inclusive society is based on the fundamental values of equity, equality, social justice, and human rights and freedoms, as well as on the principles of tolerance and embracing diversity.
  • Every society has an obligation to provide for and deal equitably with all its members and to make extra provision for those who are excluded or disadvantaged.
  • Every person is legally protected against discrimination on the basis of age, sex, race and disability and their universal human rights are inviolable.

Responsibility to Villagers
The Foundation's staff:

  • Shall determine with the villager or villager groups the exact nature of the relationship, the role of the Foundation’s staff, and clarify the expectations of the villager.
  • Shall regard all information concerning villagers as confidential except where:
    i. with the permission of the villager, referrals are to be made, or other professional consultation, opinion or advice is sought;
    ii. failure to disclose information would breach the terms of the Foundation’s staff member’s employment (such exceptions must be notified to the villager); or where
    iii. failure to disclose information would contravene mandatory reporting requirements or other legal obligations
  • Have an obligation to treat villagers with dignity and to safeguard, promote and acknowledge their capacity for self-determination
  • In exercising certain powers and using information, is accountable to the villager to ensure that:
    i. they are fully informed of their rights
    ii. have choices; and
    iii. can access information about themselves
  • Will improve their skills and knowledge for the benefit of the villager
  • Will establish and maintain professional boundaries with villagers at all times and not form personal relationships that compromise the primary practioner-client relationship

Responsibility to Employer
Foundation staff, as employees, are expected to:

  • Carry out their duties and responsibilities of their roles as outlined in their terms of employment by adhering to the stated aims, policies and procedures of Saint Margarets Homeless Foundation
  • Achieve the aims of Saint Margarets Homeless Foundation without denying villagers their rights
  • Bring to the Foundation’s attention where organisational expectations or practices contravene this Code of Ethics
  • Maintain a professional relationship with villagers at all times and disclose any out of hours contact including social media contact
  • Act responsibly in the expenditure of the Foundation’s monies

Responsibility to Colleagues
Foundation staff are expected to:

  • Share professional knowledge and insights with colleagues
  • Respect the skills, knowledge and experience of colleagues including volunteers
  • Be generous in using their skills and knowledge to enhance the practical fieldwork education of students
  • Discuss any unethical behaviour that may have been observed in a colleague directly with their colleague unless to do so would pose a risk to a villager or practioner
  • Acknowledge and observe the legal rights and protections of colleagues, including, but not restricted to, confidentiality and privacy, workplace health and safety, and anti-discrimination legislation

Protecting the Foundation’s reputation
Foundation staff will:

  • Maintain, through ongoing education and training, the standards required for exemplary and contemporary practice
  • Address in a timely manner and through an appropriate channel any behaviour in a colleague that is either incompatible with this Code, or impinges on the rights of villagers and their families, or contravenes the law
  • Seek advice when unsure of a course of action and make informed decisions
  • Participate in any complaint process if a complaint is brought against them
  • Distinguish in public statements, for example on social media, whether acting as an authorised spokesperson of the Foundation or in private capacity
  • Respect the rights and legal protections of others
  • Act responsibly in the expenditure of the Foundation’s monies
  • Disclose any improper relationship between a colleague and villager
  • Meet the standards of this Code and the practice standards at all times