Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
The British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (BATOD) is an organisation which aims to represent the interests of teachers of deaf children and young people in the United Kingdom. The Association and its predecessors (NCTD and the STD) have long been proud of ensuring that deaf children are, if at all possible, taught by informed and qualified specialist teachers. Therefore, for nearly a century, the profession has regarded the mandatory qualification required to teach deaf children as essential if satisfactory outcomes are to be obtained. BATOD has also maintained that every qualified Teacher of the Deaf should also continue to update their competence and expertise.
The Association made a decision in 2000 that a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Log should be made available to Teachers of the Deaf in order that they could record their on-going training activities. This log would be monitored annually by line managers or peers and a selection of such logs would be forwarded to the Association for additional auditing. By so doing BATOD can then present evidence to Government of the professional commitment and dedication of Teachers of the Deaf.
As a professional body it was also felt that members should agree to concur with specific standards set by the Association and agreed by its members. Consequently the following Code of Ethics has been drawn up to which members should adhere.
All members should be mindful of BATOD’s constitution and, in particular, its aims
- to promote the education of all deaf children, young persons and adults;
- to advance the status of Teachers of the Deaf;
- to ensure and enhance the high quality of mandatory training of Teachers of the Deaf; and their continuing professional development.
Teachers of the Deaf should
- hold the mandatory qualification to teach deaf children;
- endeavour to maintain and continually update their professional skills and knowledge;
- ensure they are aware of current legislation and guidelines affecting the education of pupils in general and deaf pupils in particular;
- if requested to provide specialist advice, recognise the boundaries of their own competence and be prepared to suggest others who have appropriate qualifications and/or expertise;
- be registered with BATOD.
Teachers of the Deaf should
- conduct themselves in such a way that they bring credit to their profession through valuing others and their opinions;
- provide reasoned, informed advice and opinion to parents and to others engaged in the education of deaf children;
- take steps to maintain adequate standards of safety and supervision in the use of all procedures and equipment used in professional practice;
- have due regard for the confidential nature of their work and in particular of children’s individual records.