Ethical Mentoring

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1. In your own words, describe what a mentor does.
A woman I greatly admire once said: "A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself."
Mentoring is drawing out of someone what is already there, they just don’t know it yet or don’t know how to shape it and mould it. A good mentor will facilitate this process, encourage and provide constructive feedback and lead the mentee to achieve the goals they have set.
2. What legislation, regulations, code of conduct or policy or your organisation would impact upon your mentoring programs? List all that apply.
With Regard to Legislation at Kingdom City we adhere to the following:
• Act within the law, in particular the Accident Compensation Act 2001,
• Official Information Act
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• Complying with all Kingdom City policies, processes and standards.
• Modelling and demonstrating our values of:
• Honouring people as People
• Freedom to succeed
• Pride in what we do.

3. Describe ethical behaviour as applied to mentoring relationship.
Because a personal relationship is at the heart of mentoring interventions, inconsistencies, misunderstandings and terminations can touch on the mentee’s vulnerabilities in ways that other interventions do not. With this in mind guidelines for ethical behaviour would be as follows:
• Mentors should work to benefit their mentees
• A mentor also has the ethical obligation to do no harm.
• Not to misuse power
• To have appropriate boundaries in physical boundaries, multiple roles and conflicting roles.
• Be trustworthy and responsible
• Act with integrity
The APA Ethics Code (2002) states the above in greater details along with the legal benefits.
4. Explain why effective closure is important in mentoring
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• Self-disclosure – An appropriate level of self-disclosure is necessary in a mentoring relationship and it’s dependant on the confidentiality of the relationship.
• Finding a mutual beneficial solution – This is self explanatory in itself but it may also require a ‘Third alternative solution’ where both parties are satisfied with the result but that it may look different to what they originally intended. This does require both parties to be open-minded.
• Obtaining external assistance - This would be in accordance with the Kingdom City Organisational structure. The mentee would be aware of this as we could cover it in the initial session. This may include a mediator or a senior leader depending on the nature of the situation.

11. List the potential benefits of mentoring to:
You as mentor:
• Exposure to fresh perspectives, ideas and approaches
• Opportunity to invest onto someone else
• Opportunity to reflect on their own goals and

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