A Code of Ethics for People Working with Children and Young People


FICE-Bulletin - Number 14, Summer 1998 issue - ISSN 1015 7875

A Code of Ethics for People Working with Children and Young People


FICE expresses its thanks and gratitude to the working group who prepared the Code of Ethics: David Lane (Chairman and Co-ordinator), Maurice Blanchard, Frits de Keyser, Helene Kupffer, Leo Ligthart, Martha Mattingly, Henrik Nielsen, Charles Pragnell, Robert Soisson, and Wolfgang Trede.

Accepted by the Federal Council meeting on October 8 to 10, 1997 in Erfurt (Germany).

Note: In the English-language version, the term "childcare" is used in this Report to cover all types of activities in the field of work with children and young people, and it is not intended that it should exclude work with young people or work seen as social education. The term "profession/al" is also widely used throughout the Report. It is not intended that this term should be seen as elitist or limiting, but that it should be interpreted broadly to include all people who work with children.


Part I. Preamble: Introducing the Code

Part II. Seven International Ethical Principles for People Working with Children and Young People

Part III. Putting a National Code of Ethics Together

Part IV. Possible Contents of National Codes


Part I: Preamble: Introducing the Code

What is a Code of Ethics?

A Code of Ethics describes the standards of practice expected of the group of people to whom it refers. Codes of Ethics are seen as one of the hall-marks of a profession, because the people who form the profession are often in positions of power (perhaps because of their specialist knowledge or because their profession has been given powers by law) and those whom they serve are dependent upon the competence and integrity of the professionals. Members of the profession are expected to commit themselves to meeting the needs of their clients, and not to exploit their positions of power.