Working in teams
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51. Professional relationships should be conducted in a spirit of mutual respect. Practitioners should endeavour to attain good working relationships and systems of communication that enhance services to clients at all times.
52. Practitioners should treat all colleagues fairly and foster equality opportunity.
53. They should not allow their professional relationships with colleagues to be prejudiced by their own personal views about a colleague's lifestyle, age, gender, disability, gender reassignment, race, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership . It is unacceptable and unethical to discriminate against colleagues on any of these grounds.
54. Practitioners must not undermine a colleague's relationships with clients by making unjustified or unsustainable comments.
55. All communications between colleagues about clients should be on a professional basis and thus purposeful, respectful and consistent with the management of confidences as declared to clients.