Ethics – A-Z of Coaching & Mentoring

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A – Z Coaching and Mentoring – This week’s extract focuses on the place of ethics within the coaching world.

Don’t forget if you have a special request for a definition of a coaching term or principle, just let us know! Perfect for anyone studying for an ILM Coaching & Mentoring qualification, or as a refresher for experienced coaches.



Coaching relationships are based upon a set of principles and values.

The various coaching organisations set out their codes of ethics to guide best and safe practice. Many of these are freely available from their websites. Within organisations, internal coaching pools and programmes normally have their own bespoke codes of conduct and ethics.

Codes generally cover behaviour and issues across the following broad areas:

  • professional relationships
  • contracting, including confidentiality and information management
  • conflict of interest and dual / multiple relationships
  • safety and well-being
  • competence
  • self management and continued professional development supervision.

Taken from the A-Z Coaching Handbook by Clare Smale where you will find a comprehensive A-Z, plus a full list of references.

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