​Code of Ethics (ECIANS)

Code of Ethics

Adopted March 30, 2007

The ECIANS Code of Ethics embodies the principles and values of professionals in the field of Early Intervention in the province of Nova Scotia. ECIANS strives to promote excellence in service provision and supports the ongoing professional development of its members. Emphasis on Family Centered Practice; respect for diversity including, but not restricted to, culture, race, religion, social factors, and ability/disability and adherence to sound practical and theoretical knowledge are cornerstones in Early Intervention practice.

The ECIANS Code of Ethics reflects the definitions and procedures as indicated in the Early Intervention Provincial Standards and Guidelines. Members of the ECIANS will adhere to and promote practices in Early Intervention that support the principles of the Code of Ethics.

1. Work to develop partnerships with families that are based on mutual trust and open communication.

As I relate to Families, I will:

2. Demonstrate my respect for families as they nurture their children and support them in achieving the outcomes they desire for both themselves and their children.

3. Provide families with full and unbiased information in a direct, transparent and sensitive manner, in order for families to make independent and informed decisions.

4. Respect the uniqueness of each family, acknowledging different family compositions, and the significance of culture, customs, language, beliefs and the community context in which it resides.

5. Respect each family’s perspective, especially when their views differ from mine.

6. Assist each family to develop a sense of trust and connection to the services in which their children and family participate, and their right to be involved at the level they choose.

7. Respect each family’s right to privacy and maintain confidentiality.

1. View each child as a child first, irrespective of abilities or disabilities.

As I relate to Children, I will:

2. Ensure my practices reflect consideration of the child’s perspective.

3. Demonstrate, in my behaviour and language, that I respect and appreciate the unique value and human potential of each child.

4. Advocate on behalf of all children, irrespective of diagnosis or developmental status, race, colour, religion, language, sex, socio-economic status.

5. Base my work with children on sound practical and theoretical knowledge, as well as on my individual knowledge of each child’s development, strengths and needs.

6. Acknowledge each child’s needs and rights as a human being as well as the additional needs that result from his/her developmental challenges.

7. Acknowledge the major role of play in development and be sensitive of each child’s right to play, his/her need for stimulation, enjoyment, choice and preferences.

8. Interact with children in ways that enhance their development and competencies and value their achievements.

9. Respect and foster the special relationship between children and their families and incorporate this in all my interactions.

10. Engage in and promote practices that are respectful of, and provide security for, children and in no way degrade, endanger, exploit, intimidate or harm them.

11. Act on behalf of children to protect their physical and emotional well-being, making referrals to protective services when necessary.

1. Create and maintain a climate of effective teamwork and consultation based on trust, respect, open communication and professional conduct.

As I relate to Colleagues, I will:

2. Acknowledge and support the personal and professional strengths of each colleague and team member, respecting the perspectives that different disciplines bring to the understanding of the needs of the child, family, service and community.

3. Maintain confidentiality.

4. Support and assist colleagues and team members in their professional development and adherence to this code of ethics.

5. Promote policies and working conditions that are non-discriminatory and that foster competence, well-being, and positive self esteem.

1. Review and modify Early Childhood Intervention Programs in response to community needs.

As I relate to Community & Society, I will:

2. Support the development and implementation of laws and policies that promote the well-being of children and their families within my community.

3. Participate in community education and advocacy for children and families.

4. Act in my community, in a way that promotes respect for the early childhood intervention profession.

5. Promote awareness of Early Childhood Intervention Programs throughout my community.
1. Demonstrate the highest standards of personal integrity, truthfulness and honesty in all my professional activities in order to inspire the trust of the public and those with whom I work.

In relation to Myself as a Professional, I will:

2. Strive for personal and professional excellence, seeking and utilizing new information, and responding openly to the suggestions of others.

3. Communicate with and consider the views of all families and colleagues with whom I work.

4. Fulfill my professional responsibilities, not allowing my personal values, beliefs or conduct to interfere with my professional judgment and performance.

5. Not condone any form of discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion or mental or physical disability.

6. Not condone dishonesty, fraud or deception.

7. Initiate and support research to strengthen and expand the knowledge base of early childhood intervention.

8. Work within the limits of my professional role and avoid misrepresentation of my professional competence and qualifications.

9. Recognize the particular importance of formal qualifications in early childhood intervention together with experience, personal characteristics such as openness to new ideas and a commitment to continued growth and development.

10. Maintain the standards values, ethics, knowledge and mission of the early childhood intervention profession.

11. Take action to prevent the unauthorized and unqualified practice of early childhood intervention.

12. Be an advocate for young children, services, education and therapies, and early childhood intervention.

13. Adhere to and reflect upon my commitment to the Early Childhood Interventionists Association of Nova Scotia and to its policies and positions.