Respecting clients privacy and confidentiality are fundamental requirements for keeping trust and respecting client autonomy. Any disclosures of client confidences should be undertaken in ways that best protect the client’s trust and respect their autonomy.
Consent, confidentiality and information sharing.
It is important that, whenever possible, parents and guardians are involved in the therapeutic process. Research has proved if the parents take their part in the process, the work done with the child will be sustained in the long term.
‘The guarantee of confidentiality is vital in enabling children and young people to express their distress in the counselling session. It is an essential element of the process if the relationship of trust is to develop between the counsellor and client’
If the child discloses any information in relation to anyone being harmed or they are harming themselves we would have to break this confidentiality. All child protection issues will be referred through normal school channels and the counsellor will also inform their line manager of their concerns. All documentation from this disclosure will be stored securely.
Click here for the BACP confidentiality policy