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The following Code of Conduct is intended to clarify the conduct and behaviour expected of those in BABCP Trustee Director (Trustee) and Standing Committee member roles. Standing Committees are those committees that report directly into Board.
1.0 Organisational Objects
As a Trustee Director and/or standing committee member of BABCP you will be committed to supporting the BABCP Objects as stated in the Memorandum and Articles of Association (48) as
“to advance the theory and practice of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies [CBT] by the promotion of scientific research and the application of evidence based practice including assessment, therapy and consultancy, in a wide variety of settings in accordance with the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.”
There are additional responsibilities and requirements of me in fulfilling my voluntary BABCP role in addition to those of only an Ordinary Member and the requirements within the Memorandum and Articles of Association (41) as
“There shall be a set of Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies hereafter referred to as the Standards of Conduct.”
Trustee Directors should also be aware of requirements to remain in office. Memorandum and Articles of Association (20 and 21) states.
(a) ceases to be a trustee by virtue of any provision in the Act or is disqualified from acting as a trustee by virtue of Section 72 of the Charities Act 1993 (or any statutory re-enactment or modification of that provision);
(b) becomes incapable by reason of mental disorder, illness or injury of managing and administering his own affairs;
(c) resigns his office by notice to the Association (but only if at least two Directors will remain in office when the notice of resignation is to take effect); or
(d) is absent without the permission of the Directors from all their meetings held within a period of six months and the Directors resolve that his office be vacated.
2.0 Organisational Values
The following values are central to everything BABCP does. These values are also central to the conduct expected of Trustees and/or standing committee members.
Diversity, inclusivity, and collaboration – we appreciate the importance of diversity and inclusivity and seek to maximise participation and engagement from everyone with an interest in CBT, in particular those from under-represented groups. CBT is a collaborative therapy, and we value collaboration and consultation with members and wider groups as needed.
We oppose discrimination of any kind and are continually working to improve our recognition of and take an active stance against discrimination and inequality.
Integrity, openness, and honesty – We believe there should be integrity in all that we do. We aim to be open and transparent so that we can be responsible and accountable.
Professionalism – as an organisation we strive to have the highest standards of professionalism, as we also expect from our members, who agree to abide by our Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.
An evidence-based and developmental approach - CBT is an evidence-based therapy. This means there is an evidence base that demonstrates it can be effective. We value this evidence-base and it shapes the actions and decisions we take.
Additionally, the following is provided as guidance of expectations of your conduct;
3.0 Protection against bringing BABCP into disrepute and protecting Trustee/Standing Committee Members
Please follow the guidance below to help protect the reputation of BABCP and you.
4.0 Leaving the Board or a Standing Committee
Following the guidance below will be helpful to you in your role and BABCP.
Related Policy and Procedure:
Organisational Complaints Policy
Trustee Eligibility Form