Identifying the scope of practice and only practicing within the Roles and Responsibilities of Support Workers outlined by the job description. Code of Ethics
What is a Code of Ethics?
A Code of Ethics is a system of principles that govern and guide responsible, ethical, and professional conduct within the scope of a field of work. Simply, ethics inform practitioners when determining what is right and wrong.
Who does the Code of Ethics apply to?
This Code of Ethics applies to all support workers in the field of Community Social Services employed through the Eclipse Foundation for Individualized Supports.
What is the purpose of the Code of Ethics?
The Code of Ethics provides SWs at Eclipse with a framework for personal and professional conduct to guide them in their practice. It outlines the ethical and professional behaviours expected of each employee when engaging with their clients, employers and the broader public. The Code of Ethics reflects each SW’s commitment to promoting the highest level of care and acts as a benchmark for reviewing and addressing concerns related to their conduct.
In addition to informing SWs of the behaviour expected of them when engaging in practice, the Code of Ethics helps to inform the public of what they can expect when receiving services from an Eclipse SW. It also instills confidence in the SW workforce by recognizing the SW’s commitment to providing safe and competent service through high standards of ethical conduct.
Guiding Principles for Ethical Professional Practice
As integral members of the social services system, SWs work in complex environments to provide client care to members of the most vulnerable populations. SWs work across various social service sectors that differ in client population, work culture and employment responsibilities. Regardless of sector of service, SWs share a commitment to improving the health and quality of life for their clients, each other and the greater public. Eclipse has adopted eight (8) principles of ethical conduct that are considered to be most important in providing support services to individuals served through Eclipse:
- Client Autonomy
- Client Well-being
- Honesty and Truthfulness
- Privacy and Confidentiality
- Professional Integrity
- Respect for Clients and Justice
For each of the eight (8) principles of ethical conduct, there is an accompanying list of indicators. These indicators are not exhaustive and should be treated as a guide for SWs in their day-to-day practice to determine if a principle has been achieved or demonstrated. It is expected that all SWs will strive to exemplify the principles outlined in the Code of Ethics and avoid engaging in behaviours that would violate the principles.
The principles listed in this document are in alphabetical order and do not reflect an order of importance. All principles are considered to be of equal importance and their numbering/order should not be misconstrued as ranking.