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Aims of the AEP

Aims of the AEP

The following is an extract from the AEP Members' Handbook

The Objects of the Association shall be as follows:

Role of the Association in the workplace

1. To associate those who work as educational psychologists in the regions defined in Appendix

2. To provide means for the co-operation of educational psychologists and for the expression of their collective opinion upon matters affecting the interests of education and psychology and the profession of educational psychology.

3. To improve the pay and conditions of members and to promote their interests with respect to their employment.

4. To establish good relations between members and their employers, to secure satisfactory working conditions and adequate facilities in all such services, to settle disputes arising from members’ employment and to protect the rights of members to be treated with dignity and respect irrespective of race, gender, sexuality, disability, age or creed.

5. To make recommendations on and participate in the training of educational psychologists; to maintain a high standard of qualifications for entry to the profession; to secure an acceptable form of self-government for the profession; to endeavour to raise the status of the profession and to ensure that those working as educational psychologists are fully qualified as such.

6. To afford advice, assistance and protection to members in matters affecting their professional and employment interests.  The National Executive Committee reserves the right to consider whether support should be given for any matters relating to commercial or business, as opposed to professional, interests of self-employed members.

7. To promote equality for all including through collective bargaining, representation, organisation and structures, education and training, organising and recruitment, the provision of all other services and benefits and all other activities and the Association’s own employment practices.

8. To oppose actively all forms of harassment, prejudice and unfair discrimination whether on the grounds of sex, race, ethnic or national origin, religion, colour, class, caring responsibilities, marital status, sexuality, disability, age, or other status or personal characteristic.

9. To promote the development and well-being of children and young people.

Services to Members

10. To organise and sponsor courses relevant to the practice of educational psychology.

11. To ensure the production of a professional journal and to disseminate to members of the public general information and data relating to educational psychology.

12. To secure legal advice and assistance to members in legal and regulatory cases arising out of or in the course of their professional life.  In every case where legal assistance is granted, the NEC shall determine the form, the extent and the conditions under which it is given.

Other Activities

13. To liaise with all levels of national government, local government and other public or private organisations concerned with psychological or educational affairs.  To promote and monitor legislation for the benefit of members and the public and to take such action as is necessary to seek to ensure that government policy, legislation and its interpretation are compatible with the best interests of educational psychologists and their clients.

14. To provide an indemnity (so far as may be lawful) to employees, office holders and trustees of the Association whilst engaged in Association Business.

15. To provide for the acquisition, sale and control of property and for the investment and/or borrowing of money.

16. To make contributions to non-political or charitable bodies (at the discretion of the National Executive Committee).

17. The Association shall be affiliated to the Trades Union Congress and to the General Federation of Trade Unions.

18. To work with all other interested parties, individuals and organisations to maintain and improve the quality of service to the public.

19. To secure adequate financial and other resources for the full development of the publicly provided educational psychology service.

20. To establish and to administer for members of the Association:

(a) a Code of Professional Practice and associated disciplinary procedure;

(b) an Intra-Association Disciplinary Code and associated disciplinary and conciliation procedure.

21. To perform such other duties and engage in such other lawful actions as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above Objects.

The Objects were last revised by the Annual General Meeting of the Association in June 2014.

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