The Southern African Association for Pastoral Work

Code Of Ethics

The SAAP member affirms and respects the dignity and worth of each person and maintains high ethical standards. When accepted for membership in the Association, the SAAP member is bound to accept the judgement of colleagues as to ethics standards. The maintenance of high standards of professional competence and moral and ethical conduct is a responsibility shared by all SAAP members in the interest of the public, the religious community and the profession.

Ethics:

  1. In all professional matters the SAAP member maintains practices that will serve the public and will advance his or her own profession.
  2. The SAAP member shall maintain good standing in his or her faith group.
  3. The SAAP member shall not discriminate against those served with regard to race, religion, age, gender, national origin, physical handicap, or sexual orientation.
  4. The SAAP member shall respect the integrity and protect the welfare of those served or supervised. The SAAP member shall maintain those relationships on a professional basis, avoiding emotional, sexual, or any other form of exploitation.
  5. The SAAP member shall approach the religious convictions of a person, group, and/or Continuing Professional Education (CPE) student with respect and sensitivity. The SAAP member shall avoid imposition of his or her religious convictions (theology) on those served or supervised.
  6. The SAAP member shall protect the confidentiality of those served or supervised.
  7. The SAAP member abides by the expectation of the standard professional practice of the institution in which he or she is employed. If, for any reason, he or she is not free to practice according to conscience, the member shall notify the employer and the SAAP.
  8. The SAAP member shall maintain sound interprofessional relationships for purposes of consultation and referral.
  9. The SAAP member shall implement sound fiscal practices, maintain accurate financial records, and protect the integrity of funds entrusted to his or her care.
  10. The SAAP member does not directly or by implication claim professional qualifications that exceed actual qualifications or misrepresent his or her affiliation with any institution, organisation, or individual. The member is responsible for correcting the misrepresentation or misunderstanding of his or her professional qualifications or affiliations.
  11. The SAAP member does not use knowledge, position, or professional association to secure unfair personal advantage, knowingly permit his or her services to be used by other for purposes inconsistent with his or her ethical standards, or use affiliation with the Association for purposes that are not consonant with the stated purposes of the Association.
  12. The SAAP member shall respect the integrity and protect the welfare of colleagues. The SAAP member shall maintain those relationships on a professional basis, refraining from disparagement and avoiding emotional, sexual, or any other form of exploitation.
  13. The SAAP member shall relate to and cooperate with other professional persons in the institution in which he or she is employed, the community, and/or the CPE center or cluster.
  14. The SAAP member shall continue professional education and growth, including participation in the meetings and affairs of the SAAP.
  15. In all publicity, public pronouncements, or publications, the SAAP member shall distinguish private opinions from those of the SAAP, his or her own group, or profession.
  16. The SAAP member shall not make it appear, directly or indirectly, that he or she speaks on behalf of the SAAP or represents its official position, except as authorized by the General Meeting.
  17. Brochures or other publications promoting pastoral services or CPE centers, clusters, or programs shall describe these entities with accuracy.
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