Each Member Organisation of EIATSCYP (Including National Associations or country specific Special Interest Groups) must have published a Code of Ethics approved by the EIATSCYP appropriate for the practitioners of that particular organisation and their clients. The Code of Ethics will include and elaborate upon the following points. ALL therapists are required to adhere to the Codes of Ethics of their own organization.
2.1 Qualifications: Therapists are required to disclose their qualifications when requested and not claim, or imply, qualifications that they do not have.
2.2 Terms, Conditions and Methods of Practice: Therapists are required to disclose on request their terms of conditions and, where appropriate, methods of practice at the outset of therapy.
2.3 Confidentiality: Therapists are required to preserve confidentiality and to disclose, if requested, the limits of confidentiality and circumstances under which it might be broken to specific third parties. Therapists working with children and young people need to be cognizant of the nature and extent of confidentiality when working within an interdisciplinary team or multi-agency setting. Therapists should seek clarity as to who holds ultimate clinical responsibility within the team. With children and young people the boundaries of confidentiality will need to be assessed in the context of the over riding safety of the child and/or young person.
2.4 Professional Relationship: Therapists should consider the child’s best interests when making appropriate contact with the child’s general practitioner, relevant psychiatric services and/or other relevant professionals.
2.5 Relationship with Clients: Therapists are required to maintain appropriate boundaries with children and young people and must take care not to exploit them in any way, financially, sexually, or emotionally.
2.6 Research: Therapists are required to clarify with the child/young person and immediate family or loco parentis the nature, purpose and conditions of any research in which they are to be involved and to ensure that, as far as is possible, informed and verifiable consent is given before commencement.
2.7 Publication: Therapists are required to safeguard the welfare and anonymity of clients when any form of publication of clinical material is being considered and to obtain consent whenever possible.
2.8 Practitioner Competence: Therapists are required to maintain their ability to perform competently and to take necessary steps to do so. Therapists should be aware of their own limitations.
2.9 Indemnity Insurance: Therapists are required to ensure that any professional work in the private sector is adequately covered by appropriate indemnity insurance.
2.10 Detrimental Behaviour:
(1) Therapists are required to refrain from any behaviour that may be detrimental to the profession, to colleagues or to trainees.
(ii) Therapists are required to take appropriate action in accordance with Clause 5.7 with regard to the behaviour of a colleague which may be detrimental to the profession, to colleagues or to trainees.