The legal & ethical

The legal and ethical

All my work requires regular clinical supervision; meaning, that I talk through some of our session with a trusted professional, to ensure I practice in your best interest. I also partake in continued professional and personal development - all are part of my responsibility to offer best practice and avoid harm. Accordingly my aim is for an attentiveness of your reality and experience, along with recognising my own; as such, I partake in self-care, keep up to date with present social issues and continually work to enhance my respect and understanding of your world.

My work is regulated by the ethical standards of good practice outlined by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (of which I am a registered member). Also underpinning my practice is my dedication to providing an equal service to all clients, this means that I work to affirm individuals within marginalised, socially excluded groups, thus improving upon the standards set within the Equality Act (2010). I also comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) therefore, I recognise the safety of your personal details, and so reduce the possibility of a breach in confidentiality.

The limits to confidentiality

There are limits to the confidentiality that I can offer you. This means, we may break confidentiality if there is a serious risk of harm to yourself or another. If however a child under 19 or young person with a disability under the age of 24 is at risk of harm then confidentiality will be broken; this legislation is thoroughly outlined within the Children’s Act (2004). I am also bound by the law, to break confidentiality if there is disclosure of money laundering or terrorism.

My safeguards

I have full membership to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I am registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). For remote working, I mitigate risk by keeping up to date with secure protection on my computer and phone. I also hold full liability insurance, and my working premises, belonging to Hound Parish Council, are regularly risk assessed. Furthermore, I hold an up to date enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

What are your rights?

You may request or remove any personal stored data and information in accordance to GDPR. If we are unable to discuss a concern with my practice with me, then you may contact the BACP if you have a complaint.

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