The following documents outline practice guidelines and ethical considerations, which inform the professional standards set by Tapestries in the range of services provided.
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Responsibilities to clients:
Tapestries (Ruth Greenaway and subcontractors) endeavour to follow these practice guidelines:
• Undertake only research that I am competent to perform. • Set appropriate fees that reflect my professional status and experience.• Develop a realistic plan and research with care and thoroughness.• Inform my clients about project requirements, fees, processes, and timeframes.• Do my best to inform the client(s) of potential conflicts of interest.• Gain all necessary permissions to use resource material such as recorded interviews. • Signal any significant problems or challenges in a project from the outset and update the client regularly.• Keep my client(s) informed about progress and changes to the plan. • Advise the client(s) to engage other experts, where appropriate, or where my experience is limited, i.e. legal review.• Use information gained in confidence according to agreements with the provider, such as archival material.• Include from the outset in any agreement a provision for dispute arbitration by an appropriate independent person
or body with historical expertise. • Maintain my professional obligation to interpret information independently following the principles outlined in this code of conduct.
This list comes from the code of ethics produced by the Professional Historians Association of NZ (1993).