ETHICS & CODE OF PRACTICE (COMMUNITY PROJECTS)

PART 1: I PROMISE TO HELP CLIENTS IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS.

**(1) I will serve the client, providing they treat me and my ideas with reasonable respect. It doesn't matter who they are or what their circumstances are. Doctors take a hippocratic oath to treat patients whoever they are, and the same should apply in business community work.
**(2) Whatever views or prejudices I may appear to have, I will always listen first before forming judgements.
**(3) Many of my beliefs are controversial. However, I accept that certain community settings require conformity to particular forms of presentation. I will always be happy to do this if I can be persuaded that this is justifiable.
**(4) I will always seek to refer clients to alternative sources of help if I cannot provide it myself.

PART 2: THERE ARE SOME THINGS I WILL NOT TOLERATE

**(1) Prejudice based on skin colour:...I say 'colour' rather than 'ethnicity' or 'culture' because ethnicity and culture are open to greater interpretation (e.g: one might criticise 'English culture' without being critical of every English person). It is illegal to discriminate in this way under UK law....And in fact, according to the Holy Law of my own religion, it is actually illegal - a very serious offence - probably public offence Number One.
**(2) Overt misogyny:.... I say 'misogyny' rather than 'sexism' because (See point 1) 'sexism' is open to greater interpretation. My religion suggests that women tend to be more analagous to the nature of my faith system, including its system of Holy Law. A small number of men also possess these skills. Obviously, this view could - in itself - be regarded as sexist. What is NOT acceptable is to either (a) put women on a pedastal of being 'perfect' or worse still (b) tolerate the crass misogyny of men, or indeed practices that deny women the right to fulfil their ultimate potential.....I would rather have feminism than misogyny, even if I disagree with some of its premises.