NGA WHITIKI WHANAU AHURU MOWAI O AOTEAROA
Rape Crisis and Related Groups of Aotearoa Inc
Code of Ethics
The Code of Ethics serves a number of purposes:
– Indicating what can be expected by clients of Rape Crisis support and crisis workers, counsellors and therapists – Showing agreed standards of responsible practice on which Rape Crisis service is based. – Establishing a basis for the making of complaints and the consideration of these. – Giving protection to the rights and interests of workers in Rape Crisis.
For the purpose of this document the term Rape Crisis worker means the support and crisis workers, counsellors and therapists.
CODE OF ETHICS
1. Rape Crisis workers shall respect the client’s right to privacy and preserve the confidentiality of information obtained in the course of their work. The keeping of confidences is a primary obligation. Confidential information shall be disclosed only with the client’s informed consent. Unless there is a clear danger to her life or safety to others, or to the public at large. Client co operation and participation shall be invited before disclosing information. Rape Crisis workers shall inform clients of the limits of confidentiality.
2. During the course of the support/ counselling relationship the client shall be free from the possibility of sexual exploitation or harassment from the Rape Crisis worker. Sexual harassment includes deliberate or repeated comments, gestures, or physical contact of a sexual nature. It also includes disclosure of sexual attraction to the client by the Rape Crisis worker. Sexual intimacy between a Rape Crisis worker and client is absolutely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
3. Rape Crisis workers have a responsibility to ensure that clients have as much information as possible for making their own informed choices and decisions. Rape Crisis workers shall respect each client’s individual process and be committed to empowering the client and fostering maximum self-determination.
4. Rape Crisis workers shall not abuse their position by taking advantage of clients for purposes of personal, social, political, financial, spiritual gain. They shall not pressure clients to do anything they do not want to do. All reasonable steps shall be taken to ensure that clients do not suffer physical, psychological or social harm during counselling / support.
5. Rape Crisis workers shall not misrepresent their qualifications experience or services. They shall acknowledge the limits of their competence, suitability and availability and refer clients to others when this is necessary or desirable in the best interests of the client. Rape Crisis workers have an obligation to endeavour to find for each client the most appropriate counsellor / support in terms of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, class or political beliefs.
6. Rape Crisis workers have an obligation to establish clearly with clients the expectations they each have of the service and to clarify how these might be met. Where the worker or Rape Crisis as an organisation is unable to meet the client’s expectations or needs, the client shall be told this and helped to decide her future action.
7. The Rape Crisis worker shall end the counselling / support relationship in a caring manner and refer on where necessary when either of them decides this is no longer beneficial or within the scope of Rape Crisis.
8. Counsellors shall provide adequate information about the nature of the counselling relationship and their ways for working and should provide a copy of the Rape Crisis Code of Ethics and relevant ACC information always ensuring that these are understood. The counsellor shall uphold the principle of free and informed consent by the client to any suggested therapy or other procedure in counselling and for any research and teaching purposes.
9. Rape Crisis Workers shall take action through appropriate Rape Crisis channels against unethical conduct by other workers especially where the conduct is harmful to others.
10. Rape Crisis workers shall follow the Complaints Procedure in the case of a complaint being laid by a client or other.
Every Collective is obligated to hold a copy of the National Complaints Procedure.