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The Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals

CATAP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

Mission Statement

The mission of the Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (CATAP) is to foster safer communities and workplaces by promoting best practices and collaboration among multidisciplinary professionals dedicated to excellence in operational practice, education, and research in the field of threat assessment and threat management.

 

Purpose

The Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (the “Code”) is designed to reinforce and preserve CATAP’s tradition of integrity and credibility within the field of threat assessment. The Association recognizes the diversity of its membership and that many of our members may hold membership in other professional associations. No part of the Code supersedes or substitutes for the professional standards or guidelines expected of our members in their other affiliations. 

 

Application

This Code applies to all CATAP members and any individuals involved in and/or attending CATAP events, activities or business.

 

CATAP Board Members shall:

  • Receive no personal compensation in relation to any CATAP business;
  • Notify the CATAP Board of any individual who may have committed an act in contravention of this Code;
  • Foster a positive work environment free of discrimination, harassment and abuse;
  • Support CATAP in its efforts to advance the profession of threat assessment and threat management;
  • Maintain confidentiality with respect to information they acquire from their position on the Board, except when required by law or when authorized by the Board;
  • Continue to adhere to confidentiality requirements following exit from the board;
  • Conduct themselves professionally; and
  • Upon retirement from the Board, promptly return all relevant CATAP material.

 

CATAP Members shall:

  • Conduct themselves professionally when involved in and/or attending CATAP events, activities or business;
  • Provide threat assessment and management services that adhere to best standards of practice within their bounds of competence;
  • Refrain from all forms of misconduct, including discrimination, harassment, abuse, human rights violations and/or illegal activity; and
  • Report to a CATAP Board member any member who may have committed an act in contravention of this Code.

 

CATAP Sponsored Presenters and Vendors shall:

  • Conduct themselves professionally when involved in and/or attending CATAP events, activities or business;
  • Refrain from all forms of misconduct, including discrimination, harassment, abuse, human rights violations and/or illegal activity;
  • Treat members and associates of CATAP with professional respect; and
  • Report to a CATAP Board member any member who may have committed an act in contravention of this Code.

 

CATAP Representation

  • Members must seek the approval from the CATAP President to represent CATAP. 
  • Failure to receive approval can result in action under this Code against the member (see, e.g., CATAP Media Communications Policy).

 

Provision of Threat Assessment and Management Services

Competence

  • Members of CATAP shall endeavor to practice in a manner that is consistent with the articulations in the CATAP Guidelines for Practice and CATAP Core Competencies documents
  • Members shall engage in continuing professional development and educational activities; and
  • Members shall practice within their bounds of competence.

 

Bases for Opinions

  • CATAP members will ensure that any professional recommendations or other opinions they provide are appropriately substantiated by evidence and supported by a credible body of professional knowledge in the field of threat assessment.
  • CATAP members will base their opinions and recommendations on multiple sources of data and techniques sufficient to substantiate their findings.
  • CATAP members will administer, adapt, score, interpret, or use assessment techniques, interviews, tests, or instruments in a manner and for purposes that are appropriate in light of the research on or evidence of the usefulness and proper application of the techniques.

 

Confidentiality

  • CATAP members will comply with any applicable privacy requirements and legislation and discuss the relevant limits of confidentiality at the outset of their professional relationship. (Examples of federal privacy legislation include the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and the Privacy Act.) 
  • CATAP members will not disclose in their writings, lectures, or other public media any personally identifiable or other confidential information concerning their clients, students, research participants, organizational clients, or other recipients of their services that they obtained during the course of their work, unless: (1) they take reasonable steps to disguise the person or organization; (2) the person or organization has consented in writing; or (3) there is legal authorization for doing so.

 

Minimizing Intrusions on Privacy

CATAP members will include in written and oral reports and consultations only information germane to the purpose for which the communication is made.

 

Avoiding of False or Fraudulent Statements

CATAP members will not knowingly make public statements within any forum that are false or fraudulent concerning their research, practice, experience or other work activities or those of persons or organizations with which they are affiliated.

 

Complaints and Discipline

Administration

  • CATAP has a Complaints Committee (CC) chaired by the CATAP Vice President (VP). The VP appoints positions to the CC. The CC may comprise general CATAP members and CATAP Board Members. 
  • All complaints received under this Code will be considered strictly confidential and all information obtained, including identifying information about any individuals involved, will not be disclosed unless the disclosure is necessary for CATAP to safeguard members, conduct a thorough investigation, or take appropriate corrective and/or disciplinary action. The parties to the complaint and any witnesses are expected to maintain confidentiality. Breaches of confidentiality may result in action under this Code.
  • Decisions about discipline stemming from complaints will be administered by the Discipline Committee (DC), whose members do not sit on the CC.
  • Where an investigation results in corrective and/or disciplinary action against a member, a record of such action will be maintained by CATAP.

 

Informal Resolution

Members should take steps to resolve any conflicts in a responsible manner between the parties when possible. Otherwise, members may wish to submit a Formal Complaint, as outlined below. 

 

Making a Complaint

  • Complaints regarding a CATAP member or the operation of CATAP must be submitted in writing to the CATAP VP that includes the name and contact information of the complainant and a detailed summary of the complaint. CATAP will not act upon any complaint unless it is received in writing. E-mail is an acceptable form of communication.
  • The VP will acknowledge receipt of the complaint via e-mail to the complainant and provide the complainant with a copy of this Code.
  • The VP will attempt to resolve the complaint informally to the satisfaction of the involved parties and CATAP, which may include conducting an investigation of the matter, if necessary.
  • If a resolution is not possible, or at the discretion of the CC, CATAP will hire an external investigator to investigate the issue and report back to CC. The complainant will be informed of the outcome of the investigation and the investigator’s recommendations.

 

Appeal of complaints

  • All requests for appeals of complaint outcomes and discipline decisions should be submitted in writing to the CATAP President. The submission should detail the nature of the appeal. 
  • The VP will forward all relevant material regarding the complaint to the President.
  • The appellant will be asked to provide any additional information or material that may assist the President in making a decision; this information or material must be delivered in a reasonable manner and timeframe determined by the President.
  • The President will advise the appellant via e-mail of CATAP’s decision in the matter.

 

  • Timing

  • All complaints are to be resolved in a reasonable time.
  • Should a complaint not be resolved within 6 months of receipt, the complainant will be advised of the reasons for the delay and what steps are being taken to resolve the matter.

 

Discipline 

  • Where it is determined that corrective action or disciplinary action is to be taken against a member due to a violation of this Code, the DC will determine what action is warranted. The action may include, but is not limited to, the following:
  • Recommendations for coaching and/or counselling
  • Suspension of CATAP membership
  • Termination of CATAP membership

 

The Chair of the DC will advise the complainant (and respondent as necessary) of the outcome of the investigation including any sanctions that have been determined.

Criminal Matters

  • Where criminal proceedings are initiated against a respondent based on the allegations in a complaint that falls within the scope of this Code, CATAP, in accordance with the Code, will conduct its own independent investigation, if possible, into the allegations and make its own determination.
  • Members shall inform the President in writing of any criminal charges within 30 days of being notified.
  • Members must inform the President in writing of any changes in the status of the charges within 30 days of being notified of the change.

 

Reprisal/Retaliation

Retaliation/reprisal will not be tolerated. Mistreatment of an individual for: (a) invoking this Code (on behalf of themselves or another individual); (b) participating or cooperating in an investigation under this Code; or (c) associating with a person who has invoked this Code or participated in these procedures will be treated as a violation of the Code and will be dealt with accordingly. In such a case, the offender may be subject to corrective and/or disciplinary action.
 

 

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