Ethics

Ethical decision-making and practice requires the integration of ethical values and principles at all levels of the organization, from the Board to Directors/Managers to Front-line Employees. KRRC’s Mission, Vision, and Values reflect our commitment to ethics, and there are many examples of how ethics is operationalized in our day-to-day work with clients, families, and one another.

KRRC strives to create an ethical culture and environment, to develop policies and practices which support and encourage ethical conduct, and to ensure all decisions and actions reflect ethical practice.

KRRC has an Ethics Committee which meets at least quarterly to discuss ethical cases, and provide oversight for ethics-related activities in the organization. Members include Board Members, employees, and volunteers from the community (e.g. family member, lawyer). Every individual on the Ethics Committee views situations through a slightly different lens based on their education and life experience. This ensures that different perspectives are considered. 

The Ethics Committee is a model for how employees can systematically examine ethical problems to help identify ethically acceptable options or courses of action from which they and the clients they support may then choose. To help them in this endeavour, there is an Ethical Decision-making Framework which was adapted for use at KRRC and provides discussion questions that guide users step-by-step through the decision-making process and ensures all important considerations are addressed.

All employees are encouraged to participate in ethics education. It is important they know how to recognize when they are experiencing an ethical dilemma or moral distress, and how to respond. Another major focus of KRRC’s ethics education has been on supported-decision making, as the organization makes the shift from a more custodial approach to one that recognizes the rights and autonomy of clients. An example is the training on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), which was developed ‘in-house’ and is mandatory for all employees.

For more information on KRRC’s ethics program, contact ethics@krrc.ns.ca.