CODE OF PROFESSIONAL ETHICS
For Juvenile and Family Court Service Professionals

PREAMBLE

The National Juvenile Court Services Association is committed to professionalism in juvenile justice services, compassion with clients, and integrity in relationships with colleagues, other professionals and the public. This code of ethics is established to reflect this commitment.

I. Relationships with Clients, Colleagues, and Other Professionals

The NCJSA Member:

  • Will protect his/her clients’ civil and legal rights;
  • Will exert his/her best effort in promoting the best interest and welfare of clients;
  • Will not discriminate against any client or colleague on the basis of race, sexual orientation, gender, age, creed, national origin, physical, mental, or economic conditions;
  • Will maintain respect for his/her fellow professionals and work in concert for the enhancement of quality of services to clients;
  • Will report any unethical behavior on the part of other professionals which is affecting a client or the integrity of the profession to a proper authority.

II. Relationships with the Public and Victims

The NCJSA Member:

  • Has an obligation to always be concerned with public safety;
  • Will respect a victim’s rights under the law;
  • When making public statements, will clearly distinguish between personal views and statements made on behalf of his/her employer.

III. Professional Conduct

The NCJSA Member:

  • Will exercise independent professional judgment and not allow family, social, or other relationships to influence professional conduct;
  • Will never use his/her official position for personal gain nor will ever accept or solicit anything of value from clients including gifts, loans, privileges, or advantages;
  • Will not use his/her position for partisan political purposes;
  • Will present himself/herself in a professional manner in dress, conduct, and speech;
  • Will represent clients competently by maintaining education, training, and keeping abreast of current trends and developments;
  • Will diligently safeguard that all of his/her reports concerning clients, colleagues, and others are timely, relevant, and accurate;
  • Will not make nor purport competency to make judgments beyond those for which he/she is professionally qualified.
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