Our association is governed by a constitution ratified at the 1993 AGM. The constitution was recently updated and approved by members at AGM in 2022. This is a living document and is reviewed in accordance with current policies.
iacat-accredited members are bound by a code of ethics which they sign up to on accreditation and annual renewal. This is a living document and is reviewed in accordance with current policies on an on-going basis.
As professionals we are all bound by certain Acts in Irish and European Law such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2106/679. This is a regulation on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union.
At IACAT we strive to enhance the voices of all those who come into contact with our organisation.
The diversity of the people of Ireland has been the source of our innovation, cultural rhetoric and unique creativity. Our vision for equality, diversity and inclusion in IACAT goes beyond establishing processes to achieve change. At IACAT we strive to enhance the voices of all those who come into contact with our organisation. We approach all those with whom we work, with complete support and unconditional positive regard. IACAT commits to take action against any form of discrimination based on gender, age, race, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, religion or belief, maternity or pregnancy, gender reassignment, minority and ethnic minority groups, sex or sexual orientation. We believe that having diversity within our membership will only enhance our ability to serve our community at large.
IACAT strives to reflect the Ireland we live in through our training and within its memberships. We encompass inclusivity and promote and embrace equality and diversity within our membership and our workforce. We are committed to continually reflecting on our viewpoints and actions, to ensure best practice that is fair, just and supportive. We aim to be free from all forms of discrimination.
As creative arts therapists we also bound by other Acts such as The Children First Act 2015. Society has a duty of care towards children and everyone should be alert to the possibility that children with whom they are in contact may be being abused or be at risk of abuse. As creative arts therapists we are mandated to report and have a legal obligation to do this.
Developed by the Connecting for Life Policy and Protocols Cross Sectoral Working Group of The National Office for Suicide Prevention, Responding to a person in suicidal distress - a guidance document aims to support staff and volunteers working in public-facing roles to interact with people who present or contact the service in distress or at risk of suicide and self-harm.