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St Benedict's Code of Ethics

Our Code of Ethics sets the foundation for exemplary community work practice and is the benchmark for our St Benedict's Community Advocates. Our Advocates working in the community 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 his or her 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 our Friends
Our Community Advocates:

  • Shall determine with the Friend or Friends group the exact nature of the relationship, the role of the Communtiy Advocate, and clarify the expectations of the Friend.
  • Shall regard all information concerning patrons as confidential except where:
       i. with the permission of the Friend, 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 Community Advocate’s employement (such exceptions must be notified to the Friend); or where
       iii. failure to disclose information would contravene mandatory reporting requirements or other legal obligations
  • Has an obligation to treat Friends with dignity and to safeguard, promote and acknowledge their capacity for self-determination
  • In exercising certain powers and using information, is accountable to the Friend 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 Friend
  • Will establish and maintain professional boundaries with Friends at all times and not form personal relationships that compromise the primary practioner-client relationship

Responsibility to Employers
Our Community Advocates, as employees, are expected to:

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

Responsibility to Colleagues
Our Community Advocates 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 Friend 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 reputation of the Foundation
Our Community Advocates 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 behavour in a colleague or an employer that is either incompatible with our Code, or impinges on the rights of Friends 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 public complaint is brought against them
  • Distinguish in puplic 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 client
  • Meet the standards of our Code and the practice standards at all times