I have uploaded the full document to my google drive but here are the main areas I identified as important to me:
- judgement, to include honesty/ integrity, competency, and professionalism,
- appropriate use of language and comments, and
- what I would/ would not ask a student to do.
- Integrity - being open, objective, responsible, considerate and with an awarenes of personal bias
- Competency - not just in being up-to-date with knowledge and skills but in the ability to transfer or transmit that knowledge successfully and in a manner suitable to the situation.
- Professionalism - being fair and objective, co-operative and available for discourse and discussion.
- Physical well-being - ensuring no harm comes to students, parents or colleagues from either the environment or what I require of them.
- Emotional well-being - ensuring that no student is made to feel valueless or less worthy than others.
- Honesty - in dealing with any monies taken or services offered/ claims made by me.
- Confidentiality - in the safe-keeping of any data and the exchange of sensitive information between myself and parents, students or colleagues.
Now, on paper all of the above looks great however...as we all know, real-life doesn't fit into neat little ethical boxes and there are some very murky 'grey' areas.
Also, there are some people who are not as ethical in their practices as others and it is for this reason that codes of conduct or ethics are produced by most professional bodies to both guide and safeguard. There are also government laws and legislations.
The next part of the task (5b) is to find out what ethical guidelines are produced by our professions and to identify areas that we find different to the assumptions made above.
The links for these are below, along with some relevant government legislations, and I'll be back in my next blog to look at where these guidelines might differ from my expectations:
Code of conduct - Royal Academy of Dance
Code of Professional Conduct and Practice - Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance
Code of Conduct - Council for Dance Education and Training (brought to my attention by Clare Orlandi)
Child Protection Policy - Royal Academy of Dance
Child Protection Policy - Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance
Childcare Act 2006
Equality Act 2010
Human Rights Act 1998
Data Protection Act 1998