Code of Ethics
Codes of professional ethics identify those moral principles and standards of behaviour that professions, institutions, and organizations believe will assist them in distinguishing between right and wrong, and ultimately in making good moral judgments. Codes address professional relationships and do not prescribe personal morality. Codes of ethics define the appropriate relationships between professionals and others with whom they interact in a professional capacity. Professional relationships include many persons, e.g., direct consumers of services, family members, third parties, students, employees, supervisors, colleagues and program managers. Codes of ethics help to define the profession and assist professionals in serving the public good. Continuous discussion by professionals on the application of ethical principles may result in more respect and caring in the provision of services. The Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada has developed the Canadian Code of Ethics for Rehabilitation Professionals to guide the ethical practice of its members.
The purposes of a code of ethics are to:
- Guide members of the profession on morally appropriate behaviour in conducting their professional activities.
- Guide members of the profession on appropriate relationships for the protection of the public and consumer.
- Identify the values and characteristics of the profession.
- Provide tools, aids and supports for members in ethical decision-making.
- Guide the teaching and learning of professional ethics.
- Serve as a framework for processing ethical complaints.