Frontline Initiative: DSPs Using the NADSP Code of Ethics

Tenet 7: Relationships

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Code of Ethics Tenet 7: Relationships:


As a DSP, I will assist the people I support to develop and maintain relationships.

Furthermore, as a DSP, I will:

  • Advocate with the people I support when they do not have opportunities to build and maintain relationships.
  • Recognize the importance of maintaining reciprocal relationships and proactively facilitating relationships between the people I support, their family and friends.
  • Assure that people have the opportunity to make informed choices in safely expressing their sexuality.
  • Separate my personal beliefs and expectations regarding relationships (including sexual relationships) from those of the people I support. If I am unable to separate my own beliefs and preferences in a given situation, I will remove myself from the situation and seek the assistance of a qualified coworker.
  • Refrain from expressing negative views, harsh judgments, and stereotyping of people.

View and download the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals Code of Ethics

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