Ethical Statement

Mercy UK commits to restoring hope and transforming lives within the parameters of an ethical framework. The following principles are those which underpin our ethical working practices:

AUTONOMY: RESPECTING AN INDIVIDUAL’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE

The principle of autonomy opposes the use of any form of coercion of individuals against their will and respects the right for individuals to self-govern in accordance with their own beliefs and values.

BENEFICENCE: A COMMITMENT TO PROMOTE WELL-BEING

The principle of beneficence requires that at all times, we seek to educate, equip and empower others towards improved well-being. Where an individual accessing our services has diminished capacity due to mental or emotional distress, this principle requires that we act in the best interest of the individual to ensure their safety and well-being.

NON-MALEFICENCE: A COMMITMENT TO AVOID HARM

The principle of non-maleficence opposes any form of exploitation and promotes mitigation of harm, challenging incompetence or malpractice, and investigating concerns of practice which falls below reasonable competence.

JUSTICE: RESPECTING AN INDIVIDUAL’S RIGHT TO DIGNITY AND JUST TREATMENT

Justice in the provision of our services means striving to ensure a fair provision of services which are accessible and appropriate to the needs of individuals.

SELF-RESPECT: FOSTERING A COMMITMENT TO ONE’S OWN DEVELOPMENT, WORTH AND WELL-BEING

The principle of self-respect guides our own commitment to our own individual, ongoing personal and professional development.  

To discuss any questions, comments or concerns relating to Mercy UK's ethical practices or safeguarding of its service-users, please email: safeguarding@mercyuk.org