AMATS: Standards for Ethical Practices

The following is a copy of the AMATS Standards for Ethical Practices that we received October 13, 2007. We are posting it for your information and review. Please feel free to submit any comments or questions to info@newstarttransports.com. While New Start Transports is not currently applying for membership with AMATS, we do meet all of the standards for ethical practices mentioned below and more!

Association of Mediation and Transport Services Standards for Ethical Practices

A Mediation and Transport Agency is any person or organization which contracts directly with parents, guardians, government agencies, programs or educational institutions for the transportation of minors. A Therapeutic Transport Agent is a specially trained professional who works under the auspices of a Mediation .and Transport Agency. Individual Agents are expected to abide by the same standards as those set for agencies.

  • The primary concern of a Mediation and Transport Agency is the welfare of children. At no time will an Agency allow a child to commit an unsafe or illegal act while in their care.
  • A child’s first encounter with a Transport Agent is often their first step toward making positive changes in their life. Transport Agencies are committed to creating environments that encourage children to move forward on their journey toward responsible choices and healthy behavior.
  • A Transport Agency maintains strict confidentiality on all records pertaining to the children whom they have transported. This includes the identity and personal information of their clients and potential clients as well as conversations with other professionals involved with the care of the child.
  • A Transport Agency works to remain current on the applicable laws in every country and region where they operate.
  • A Transport Agency hires Agents with the utmost care and only after thorough background screening.
  • A Transport Agency only uses Agents who are properly trained and supervised to ensure fulfillment of their specific roles in the transportation of a child.
  • A Transport Agency works with all parties interested in the welfare of a child to get a comprehensive picture of that child’s needs – and then selects Agents with appropriate skills to meet those needs.
  • A Transport Agency only uses physical restraint as a temporary, last resort and only in those instances where the child’s actions represent an immediate threat to their safety.
  • A Transport Agency utilizes a written contract to clearly document for the involved parties the services proposed and all foreseeable fees and expenses.
  • A Transport Agency recognizes its specific role in the care of children and does not attempt to circumvent or undermine the work of other professionals involved in the child’s care.
  • A Transport Agency shall avoid the appearance of impropriety, including, but not limited to engaging in inappropriate dual relationships, and the solicitation or acceptance of “referral fees” or other forms of compensation which are not related to the professional services provided.
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