Reminders

Principles for Solidarity, Empowerment and Mutual Support

By Katie Thomas – October 6, 2009
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SMART (South Hemispheric Mutual Support, Action, Reciprocity and Trust Network) have recently drafted and ratified the following Code of Ethics for our behaviour to each other and with those with whom we work. The purpose of making our implicit values explicit and manifest in the form of a code is to support us in promoting solidarity, empowerment and mutual support.

SMART (South Hemispheric Mutual Support, Action, Reciprocity and Trust Network) have recently drafted and ratified the following Code of Ethics for our behaviour to each other and with those with whom we work.  The purpose of making our implicit values explicit and manifest in the form of a code is to support us in promoting solidarity, empowerment and mutual support.  We welcome your constructive feedback and supportive comments which can further help and direct us in achieving greater solidarity and group effectiveness.  Thank you,  Katie Thomas CODE OF ETHICS

AUSTRALIAN, NEW ZEALAND AND PACIFIC BRANCH OF THE SOCIETY FOR COMMUNITY RESEARCH AND ACTION

Through our actions as a group as well as through our individual actions, the members of the Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Branch of the Society of Community Research and Action (ANZP-SCRA) aim to create dedicated partnership based on the following ethics. Our ethics code applies to relationships amongst ANZP-SCRA members as well as to our relationships with people and communities with whom we work. We value professionalism, integrity and fostering and supporting diverse, inclusive, sustainable and resilient communities.

ANZP-SCRA is guided by the following ethical principles:

1.       The central values underpinning our work include: caring and compassion, health promotion, empowerment, self-determination and participation, human diversity, solidarity and distributive justice.

2.       Our aim is to encourage and nurture new ideas and to support each other. We strive for authentic relationships and actively promote discussion for the aim of mutual understanding.

3.       Members of ANZP-SCRA contribute to the collective, and strive to value add to each others' work in order to foster each others' growth and enjoyment.

4.       We respect & celebrate each others' strengths, differences & contributions. We strive to understand & treat each other with kindness and consideration.

5.       We acknowledge the dynamic role of power to enable or inhibit access to resources, to promote social change &/or to maintain the societal status quo.  We employ our strengths & skills to pursue wellness & liberation & resist oppression.

6.       Openness & honesty are advocated in dealing with any conflicts with each other.  Hostile & aggressive behaviour are addressed as breaches of the code and as threats to the integrity of the group.

7.       We endeavour to promote holistic visions of health and welfare in society.

8.       We respect the rights and dignity of all members of the earth's family as the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

9.       We are accountable as individuals and as members of this group for our ethical conduct and for compliance with the applicable laws and ethical standards for research and practice as published by the Australian Psychological Society (2007) and the NH&MRC's National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007). This includes strict adherence to the rules outlawing plagiarism and breach of copyright.

10.    We have an annual panel for noting and recognizing members' accomplishments in living by these values and particular examples of kindness and empowerment of others.  While it is not expected to be necessary, this panel may also be used for the hearing of any complaints regarding breaches of this code of ethics and to resolve such breaches with utmost respect for individual and collective dignity as cited in the aforementioned principles.

 

 

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OfflineNeil Drew Neil Drew said 4 years ago

Thanks for the really interesting set of principles - I lookforward to hearing more.


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