Adhering to a Code of Ethics is one of the cornerstones of professional practice. The CDI Code of Ethics, consisting of twelve principles, was drawn up in consultation with members and published in October 2014. The intent is for it to be used and referred to as a tool to increase and maintain a common trust and understanding of values and beliefs necessary to do our work.
To support practitioners in the application of these principles, the Professional Standards Committee has produced a Framework which can be used by practitioners as a step-by-step decision making process. This Framework was based on a review of existing ones and is offered as a guide to members in making decisions that affect their practice. The practitioner therefore needs to use it as a guide rather than a definitive answer.
The Framework and Case Studies were consulted upon with members at the CDI Annual Conference in Cardiff in November 2015 and the PowerPoint used during these Symposia sessions is available here and explains the various steps of the Framework.
Members of the CDI Professional Standards Committee have used the Framework to produce Case Studies for five of the principles.
The remaining ones will be produced during 2017.
Your role in using the Framework
Whilst the CDI may be able to offer advice on an ethical dilemma, ultimately every issue needs to be considered in context and involve interested parties. Therefore the Framework and Case Studies are provided here to support you with your own ethical decision making rather than provide definitive answers.
Feedback and further information
We welcome feedback on the Case Studies and any ideas for their further use. As there are also a number of ethical principles yet to be covered as case studies we are looking for volunteers who would be willing to get involved. If you would like to write or co-author a case study, please get in touch with Claire Johnson email@example.com
An article on this subject appears in the January 2016 edition of Career Matters and provides further information and references for further reading which could be used for your own CPD. Issues of Career Matters are available in the CPD Resources section in the members’ only area.