Sunday, 13 March 2016

Ethical Mentoring - Article 6.

Ethical Mentoring is not like Ethical Hacking :) ! 
It is vital that as a mentor we abide by ethical standards.

PROFESSIONAL ETHICS
Professional ethics are crucial to any service business. 'Ethics' refers to an agreed upon set of moral principles or values or rules of conduct. Professional ethics is a broad topic that includes personal conduct, professionalism, confidentiality and client referral to a therapist or consultant, as well as conflicts of interest.

At Striding Out we subscribe to the Ethical Guidelines of the International Coaching Federation (ICF).


CONFIDENTIALITY AND CHILD PROTECTION
Mentors must treat all information a mentee shares with the utmost respect and confidentiality. Any notes a mentor may take about their mentee should not have the mentee’s full name and contact information on it unless the mentee agrees and unless the notes are securely filed in a manner in which no one other than the mentor can access. 

It is imperative that your mentee feels comfortable talking about their life, and at the same time it is vital that you uphold your legal responsibility.

There are, however, some exceptions to confidentiality:  

•  When the mentee is at risk or harm to themselves or others

•  When the mentee is being abused, neglected, exploited or discloses the abuse of another person


In these cases, the mentor is required to report the shared information to the police, youth protection services, or the appropriate authority. Striding Out recommends that during the first mentoring session you inform your mentee that if any of the above-mentioned information is shared, by law, you must report it to the appropriate authorities.

It is not your responsibility to fix your mentee’s problem. It is your responsibility to forward the information to the appropriate authorities or external agencies. 

For those mentoring within a youth organization, make sure to be familiar with the organisation’s child protection policy.
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