Member Code of Conduct
BAPN first produced a Member Code of Conduct in 2011, outlining the principles for all BAPN members to adhere to and uphold. All individuals associated with BAPN should endeavour to maintain the highest standards of personal and professional conduct.
Aims, Vision and Objectives
The principles outlined in this Member Code of Conduct are aligned with BAPN’s Vision and Objectives.
To be the leading “go to organisation” on all nanny related issues.
To promote professionalism in all that we do.
To advance the learning and professional status of nannies UK wide.
To facilitate personal development of all those working in home childcare.
The Principles of the Member Code of Conduct
All members are expected to act in accordance with the principles outlined in this document.
The Member Code of Conduct is based on key principles outlined below:
Responsibility & Accountability
All members should be aware of their ethical, legal and professional responsibilities incumbent to the families for whom they work and also to this association. All individuals should avoid personal and professional misconduct that might bring the association or the reputation of the nanny profession into disrepute.
Members shall not speak for or represent BAPN or its Directors, without the authorisation of the Directors.
Integrity & Honesty
All members should be:
Honest and accurate in representing their profession.
Take reasonable steps to ensure that their qualifications and competencies are kept up to date.
Not use their BAPN membership as a means of conveying a level of competency or professional standards, as BAPN is not an accrediting body and there is no assessment of competency to attain/retain membership.
Respect and Fairness
BAPN is committed to maintaining and promoting professional standards within which its members treat each other with dignity and respect. Members will not discriminate against, bully or harass others on the basis of: cultural and role difference, including (but not exclusively) those involving age, disability, education, ethnicity, gender, language, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sexual orientation, marital or family status and socio-economic status.
Given the degree of current reliance upon electronic means of communication it should be specifically noted that harassment, bullying and victimisation by members by electronic means is also unacceptable as is the inappropriate copying of e-mails to parties not seen as relevant to the discussion, as a way of intimidating or inappropriately gaining leverage over other members, volunteers or staff.
Privacy and Confidentiality
All members respect the individual and collective rights to privacy and maintain confidentiality in compliance with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations).
Avoidance of Personal Gain
All members should neither offer nor accept bribes or inducements either on a personal basis or on behalf of BAPN.
Conflict of Interest
All members should declare to the BAPN Directors any competing professional or personal interests that may be pertinent to their activities within BAPN and BAPN membership, BAPN supported events, products and services.
If a conflict of interest does arise, the individual must inform BAPN Directors immediately the matter becomes apparent and must take the following actions:
Abstain from the activity in question
Withdraw from BAPN membership
Failure to do so, may lead to termination of their BAPN membership.
Breach of this Member Code of Conduct
If a breach has occurred, the member's membership will be terminated, following consultation with the BAPN Directors. The member can only be removed from membership by a resolution of the Directors that it is in the best interests of BAPN that the nanny’s membership is terminated. A resolution to remove a member from membership may only be passed if:
the member has been given at least 10 days’ notice in writing of the date of a meeting of BAPN Directors at which the resolution will be proposed;
the reason why it is being proposed that membership should be terminated; and
the nanny has been given the right to put in writing to the meeting reasons as to why membership should not be terminated.
The decision of the BAPN Directors is final. The nanny will receive the decision in writing and the matter is expected to remain confidential between both parties.
This Member Code of Conduct establishes the principles for all BAPN members to adhere to; however it may not cover every issue that may arise. This Member Code of Conduct encourages trust and respect from BAPN members and non-members involved in BAPN activities.
BAPN revised Member Code of Conduct November 2018