L.A.D.Y. Inc. University (L.I.U.) is a 3 Star rated Child & Youth Development and Training Center located in the heart of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our acronym "L.A.D.Y." represents: "Leading And Developing Youth," which is the core of our mission and purpose of our existence. Our slogan encompasses the total of what we do which is "Educating Youth, Engaging Parents, & Empowering Communities!"
Our core mission is to set the bar high and lead in providing high quality, accessible, and safe Child & Youth care in the Milwaukee Area for residents regardless of income, age, race, religion, disability, size, gender, or sexual orientation. Our secondary intent is to transform the understanding of the importance of high quality Child & Youth Care and how it serves as the foundation of their education and has a direct impact on their readiness to perform in a traditional public or private school setting, and their preparedness to successfully transition into adulthood. Additionally, our center is culturally diverse and we encourage and foster healthy race relations in early childhood education and in the community.
Our Vision is that we will instill in Children and Youth of all backgrounds, nationalites, and cultures, a love for learning, a love for our neighbors, and a love for our community at a very early age. We want to motivate families to embrace their role as the primary caregiver and educator in their children’s lives, and inspire the broader community to serve as investors in the future of our youth.
Adopted from the Wisconsin Association of Child & Youth Care Professionals.
L.A.D.Y. Inc University Code of Ethics is an important document that outlines appropriate, safe, and ethical Child & Youth Work practices. They are the current standards that we vow to. All of our staff, interns, and volunteers are required to sign their name to the following agreement before being allowed to work with the Children & Youth we care for.
CURRENT DESCRIPTION OF THE FIELD
Professional Child and Youth Care Practice focuses on infants, children, and adolescents, both normal and with special needs, within the context of the family, the community, and the life span. The developmental-ecological perspective emphasizes the interaction between persons and their physical and social environments, including cultural and political settings.
Professional practitioners promote the optimal development of children, youth, and their families in a variety of settings, such as early care and education, community-based child and youth development programs, parent education and family support, school-based programs, community mental health, group homes, residential centers, day and residential treatment, early intervention, home-based care and treatment, psychiatric centers, rehabilitation programs, pediatric health care, and juvenile justice programs.
Child and youth care practice includes assessing client and program needs, designing and implementing programs and planned environments, integrating developmental, preventive, and therapeutic requirements into the life space, contributing to the development of knowledge and practice, and participating in systems interventions through direct care, supervision, administration, teaching, research, consultation, and advocacy.
Adopted by: Academy of Child and Youth Care Professionals, Child and Youth Care Education Consortium, International Leadership Coalition for Professional Child and Youth Care, and the National Organization of Child Care Worker Associations - with an editorial revision.
NOTE: The following editorial change has been suggested. In the first sentence omit the word "normal" and change to read: "Professional Child and Youth Care Practice focuses on infants, children, and adolescents, including those with special needs, within the context of the family, the community, and the life span."
CODE OF ETHICS
STANDARDS FOR PRACTICE OF NORTH AMERICAN CHILD AND YOUTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
International Leadership Coalition of Professional Child and Youth Care
Professional Child and Youth Care is committed to promoting the well being of children, youth, and families in a context of respect and collaboration. This commitment is carried out in a variety of settings and with a broad range of roles including direct practice, supervision, administration, teaching and training, research, consultation, and advocacy. In the course of practice Child and Youth Care Professionals encounter many situations which have ethical dimensions and implications.
As Child and Youth Care Professionals we are aware of, and sensitive to, the responsibilities involved in our practice. Each professional has the responsibility to strive for high standards of professional conduct. This includes a commitment to the centrality of ethical concerns for Child and Youth Care practice, concern with one's own professional conduct, encouraging ethical behavior by others, and consulting with others on ethical issues.
This ethical statement is a living document, always a work in progress, which will mature and clarify as our understanding and knowledge grow. The principles represent values deeply rooted in our history, to which there is a common commitment. They are intended to serve as guidelines for conduct and to assist in resolving ethical questions. For some dilemmas, the principles provide specific or significant guidance. In other instances, the Child and Youth Care Professional is required to combine the guidance of the principles with sound professional judgment and consultation. In any situation, the course of action chosen is expected to be consistent with the spirit and intent of the principles.
PRINCIPLES AND STANDARDS
I. RESPONSIBILITY FOR SELF:
A. Maintains competency.
B. Maintains high standards of professional conduct.
C. Maintains physical and emotional well-being.
II. RESPONSIBILITY TO THE CLIENT*
A. Above all, shall not harm the child, youth or family.
B. Provides expertise and protection.
C. Recognizes that professional responsibility is to the client and advocates for the client's best interest.
D. Ensures that services are sensitive to and non-discriminatory of clients regardless of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, national ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, abilities, mental or physical handicap, medical condition, political belief, political affiliation, socioeconomic status.
E. Recognizes and respects the expectations and life patterns of clients.
F. Recognizes that there are differences in the needs of children, youth and families.
G. Recognizes that competent service often requires collaboration. Such service is a cooperative effort drawing upon the expertise of many.
H. Recognizes the client's membership within a family and community, and facilitates the participation of significant others in service to the client.
I. Fosters client self determination.
J. Respects the privacy of clients and holds in confidence information obtained in the course of professional service.
K. Ensures that the boundaries between professional and personal relationships with clients is explicitly understood and respected, and that the practitioner's behavior is appropriate to this difference.
III. RESPONSIBILITY TO THE EMPLOYER/EMPLOYING ORGANIZATION:
A. Treats colleagues with respect, courtesy, fairness, and good faith.
B. Relates to the clients of colleagues with professional consideration.
C. Respects the commitments made to the employer/employing organization.
IV. RESPONSIBILITY TO THE PROFESSION:
A. Recognizes that in situations of professional practice the standards in this code shall guide the resolution of ethical conflicts.
B. Promotes ethical conduct by members of the profession.
C. Encourages collaborative participation by professionals, client, family and community to share responsibility for client outcomes.
D. Ensures that research is designed, conducted, and reported in accordance with high quality Child and Youth Care practice, and recognized standards of scholarship, and research ethics.
E. Ensures that education and training programs are competently designed and delivered.
F. Ensures that administrators and supervisors lead programs in high quality and ethical practice in relation to clients, staff, governing bodies, and the community.
V. RESPONSIBILITY TO SOCIETY:
A. Contributes to the profession in making services available to the public.
B. Promotes understanding and facilitates acceptance of diversity in society.
C. Demonstrates the standards of this Code with students and volunteers.
D. Encourages informed participation by the public in shaping social policies and institutions.
*Client is defined as the child, family, and former clients.
Officially signed by Founder Angelique Sharpe on January 1st, 2011
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