Code of Ethics and Professional Practice
As members of the Association of Family Law Supervisors, we have agreed to uphold the highest standards of conduct and practice. This Code of Practice sets out those commitments and it is accepted that our membership of the Association may be at risk if we as individuals fail to fulfil these commitments, or our conduct falls short of that which is expected of us as members.
This Code of Practice is the main point of reference for decisions in any conduct or complaints procedures.
1. Commitment to Supervisees
All members agree to act in the best interests of their supervisees at all times. The supervisee needs to be able to trust their supervisor with their emotional wellbeing, confidential personal information, and confidentiality in relation to the cases they discuss. Therefore, as members of the Association of Family Law Supervisors we take being trustworthy, confidential, and professional as a fundamental ethical commitment. In support of this commitment, we have agreed that we will:
1.1 put our supervisees first by:
a) providing an appropriate standard of service to our supervisees;
b) recognising the autonomy of our supervisee;
c) working within our competence and being prepared to refer our supervisee to a third party better able to meet the professional needs of the supervisee when required;
d) keeping our skills and knowledge of Family Law Supervision up to date;
e) ensuring that our own wellbeing needs are met to enable us to undertake supervision work ethically;
f) keeping accurate and appropriate records securely and for no more than three years after the cessation of the supervisor/supervisee relationship or however long our specific registration requires which will be stated in the supervision contract;
g) demonstrate accountability and candour in respect of our practice;
h) undertake the minimum of one hour per month supervision or such additional time as advised by your supervisor;
i) not engage in any research about supervisees without verifiable consent of our supervisee;
j) decline any gifts or offers that might be interpreted as exploitative;
k) not exploit or abuse our supervisee by behaving towards them in ways intended to enhance your own emotional, financial, or sexual gain;
l) treat our supervisees with respect;
m) not supervising within your own firm.
2. Conflict of Interest
All members are required to ensure that no conflict of interest arises in relation to their practice as a Family Law Supervisor. When working with a supervisee a member should consider the following:
2.1 any conflicting relationship a supervisee may have with another supervisee;
2.2 the ability to work with the supervisee on a confidential basis;
2.3 the boundaries between the supervisee, supervisor, and any other clients the supervisee or supervisor may have.
3, Continued Professional Development
3.1 The member agrees to undertake a minimum of six hours continued professional development in Supervision per annum and to provide evidence of attendance to their supervisor;
3.2 signed confirmation that the supervisee has shown this certification of CPD will be a requirement of continued membership.
4. To Maintain Valid Insurance
All members will maintain valid insurance in respect of their work as supervisors and such information should be made available to the supervisee or their supervisor upon request.
A member agrees to maintain the confidentiality of their supervisee at all times unless the maintenance of that confidentiality puts at risk the safety of the supervisee, the safety of third parties or would be considered to be colluding in the committal of an offence. This code of practice does not overreach the duties of the Money Laundering Regulations, PREVENT legislation or any safeguarding requirements required of the supervisor in their role as legal professional or counselling professional.
6. Professional Relationships
At all times members of the Association of Family Law Supervisors should treat fellow members with respect and in an open and transparent way and treat supervisees, members of the public and other professionals and professional bodies with honesty, integrity and respect.
Members agree to follow the Association of Family Law Supervisors Complaints Procedure in the event that any complaint made against the Member cannot be resolved through their own Complaint Procedure set out in their Supervision Agreement.
8. Anti-Discriminatory Practice
Members should adopt a culturally sensitive stance to all clients. They should not discriminate against any client on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, appearance, accent, ability, class, culture, caste, colour, education, employment, sexual orientation, sexual identifications, spiritual beliefs or any other visible or invisible difference.
9. Conflict of Codes of Practice
In the event that there is a conflict between this Code of Practice and any professional Code of Practice that the member has committed to such as the UKCP and BACP Ethical Codes of Practice, the Solicitors Code of Conduct and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The member must operate in accordance with those senior codes of practice but make it clear to their supervisee and supervisor that a conflict exists and why a variation from this Code of Practice is necessary.