Code of Ethics

FAMILY SERVICES OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA CODE OF ETHICS

Family Services of Western Pennsylvania Asserts that all people are entitled to:

  • Be treated with dignity
  • Be accorded respect
  • Recognition of their individual differences
  • Regard for their ethnic and cultural diversity
  • Exercise socially responsible self-determination

People who use or potentially use our services

  1. The fundamental responsibilty of all staff is to make a deliberate effort to enhance the lives and relationships of people who use or potentially use our services.
     
  2. The best interests of people who use or potentially use our services are of primary importance.
     
  3. Only when there is, in the professional judgment of Family Services staff, a serious threat of harm to someone, must a choice be made to hold the interest of one person over another, e.g. reporting of child abuse; potential suicide, etc.
     
  4. Services are provided within the context of informed consent as methods of provision and sharing of information. When there is a problem in the delivery of services, those served can request changes and appeal any decisions.
     
  5. All information learned about people who use or potentially use the services of Family Services is confidential and may be shared only with the conesnt of the individual served (with specific exceptions outlined by agency policy.)
     
  6. Involvement in any research is voluntary and requires complete informed consent.
     
  7. The professional relationship between Family Services staff and people who use or potentially use our services must never be exploited for personal gain, religious beliefs, political beliefs, financial interests or gain, sexual gratification, gifts, or any other potentially harmful purpose.

Professional Colleagues

  1. All staff members of Family Services are considered to be professional colleagues
     
  2. Professional colleagues have the right to expect to practice in an environment free from:
    Unwarranted criticism
    Dishonesty and unprincipled behavior
    Demeaning comments or behavior
    Harassing comments or behavior
    Exploitation of any kind
     
  3. Professional colleagues have the right to expect:
    Responsible and accurate evaluation of their abilities to perform their assigned work;
    Proficiency in professioanl practice from another;
    Commitment to people who use or potentially use the services of Family Services.

Family Services of Western Pennsylvania Expectations

  1. Family Services expects that:
    Statements made about professional qualifications are accurate;
    Commitments made to the organization are kept;
    Staff ethically and honestly perform their duties and use the resources of the organization;
    Organization policies and procedures are adhered to.
     
  2. Over and above all policies, procedures and rules, Family Services staff are expected to use responsible and conscientious professional judgment in the performance of their assigned duties, with decisions consistently made in the best interests of people who use or potenatially use our services.