Concerns and Complaints Procedure Appendix 1: Ethics Panel

Ethics Panel – Terms of Reference

The ACAT Ethics Panel consists of a group of senior ACAT members and lay persons who oversee the operation of the ACAT Concerns and Complaints Procedure and advise on the ACAT Codes of Ethics.

The Panel is appointed by the Chair of the Ethics Panel on advice from the Chair of ACAT and Board of Trustees.

The Chair of the Ethics Panel, who is a lay member of the Panel, is appointed by the ACAT Board of Trustees.

The ACAT Ethics Panel consists of at least six members of ACAT and three or more lay members.  Further members of the Panel may be co-opted by the Chair of the Ethics Panel on advice from the Chair of ACAT and Board of Trustees as needed.

The Panel meets annually to review the operation of the Concerns and Complaints Procedure and the Codes of Ethics and to advise the Board of Trustees on revisions.

Chair of the Ethics Panel – Role Description

In consultation with the Chair or ACAT and with the help of ACAT administration to administer and co-ordinate the ACAT Code of Ethics and Concerns and Complaints Procedure including:

  1. Chairing the annual meeting of the ACAT Ethics Panel.
  2. Considering initial complaints and, following the provisions of the complaints procedure, referring for conciliation, investigation or adjudication as appropriate.
  3. Where required, appointing and instructing investigative and adjudication panels and informing the parties involved, the Chair of ACAT and the Trustees of the outcome of those panels.
  4. Reporting the outcome of (2) and (3) above to the Chair and Trustees of ACAT and the Ethics Panel.
  5. Reporting annually on complaints to the ACAT AGM.
  6. In consultation with the Chair of ACAT and with joint agreement, appointing new members to the ACAT Ethics Panel to form part of the pool of members for the investigative and adjudication committees. 
  7. From time to time arranging for consultation and review of the ACAT Codes of Ethics and Concerns and Complaints Procedure for endorsement by the Ethics Panel and Board of Trustees.
  8. In pursuing this role, the Ethics Chair shall be conscious of her/his role as a lay chair, and will operate in an objective and impartial manner.  S/he may seek general advice on CAT procedure and practice from the Chair or Vice-Chair, ACAT members of the Ethics Panel, Trustees or from senior members of ACAT suggested by the Chair of ACAT.

 

 

Approved at ACAT’s AGM 11 July 2014

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