Code of Ethics
Financial Freedom Trust offers:
1. RESPECT FOR THE NEEDS AND INDEPENDENCE OF CLIENTS
Financial Mentors show empathy and understanding when assisting families to budget for their own needs and lifestyle, respecting their choices and their right to withdraw from budgeting at any time. Support and advice is offered without prejudice.
2. ASSISTANCE WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION
Financial Mentors maintain a non-judgemental, accepting attitude to all, regardless of sex, age, race, religion or lifestyle. Financial Mentors do not attempt to impose values of their own.
3. TOTAL CONFIDENTIALITY, WHICH IS NEVER BREACHED
Financial Mentors maintain total confidentiality in all matters. Before discussing details with creditors, court officials, agencies and any other third party, Mentors first obtain permission from the client family according to the provisions of the Privacy Act 1993.
4. AN ENVIRONMENT OF CO-OPERATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY
Financial Mentors display reliability, integrity and accountability, working as representatives of their local service when communicating with individuals, families, creditors or any other people.
5. OPERATIONS THAT REFLECT TE TIRITI O WAITANGI
Financial Mentors accept that Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi) is fundamental to the operations of the budget service and they reflect this in the way they recognise each person's uniqueness and offer the client family choices.
6. ONGOING TRAINING SUPPORT AND SUPERVISION FOR ALL STAFF
Financial Mentors accept initial and ongoing training, resources, support and supervision so as to maintain the required quality and standard of service.