5. Maintain integrity by: a. be honest about the work. accurately communicate our qualifications, experience and working methods. Ethically and with careful consideration of how we comply with our legal obligations The legal processes and the law are very well defined and clear, black and white, if you will, while sometimes the work of consultants and agencies can have different shades of gray. Confidentiality is one of those areas where the law can affect an organization; Counsellors are expected to keep confidential what is said in the room, in fact, it helps a lot in deepening the therapeutic relationship, but they are also encouraged to report suspected acts of terrorism, drug trafficking or money laundering. In an agency like Off The Record, I can imagine what teenagers and young adults want to keep secret, and that`s important, but on the other hand, if they or someone they know is in danger, then this must be reported to the relevant authorities. They should first and foremost express their concerns to the practitioner concerned, unless this is inappropriate. If the issue cannot be resolved, they should review the reasons for their concern and the evidence available to them and, if necessary, express their concerns to the practitioner`s supervisor, body or professional association. The principle of justice requires that we be fair and just to all clients and respect their human rights and dignity. It draws attention to the careful consideration of all legal requirements and obligations and to the attention paid to possible conflicts between legal and ethical obligations. Fairness in the distribution of services requires the ability to impartially determine the delivery of services to clients and the distribution of services among clients.
A commitment to fairness requires the ability to recognize differences between people and to advocate for equal opportunities and to avoid discrimination against individuals or groups that runs counter to their legitimate personal or social characteristics. Practitioners have a duty to strive to equitably provide counselling and psychotherapy services that are accessible and meet the needs of potential clients. You may want to refine your comments on privacy breach because “exceptions to prioritizing privacy are when a consultant has information about a crime” does not align with my understanding of the BACP`s ethical framework. An exception to customer confidentiality is the following provisions: 1. Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 2. 2007 provisions on money-laundering 3. Drug Trafficking Act 1996 4. Child Protection Act 1999 Hopefully this helps 🙂 Ethical decisions that are strongly supported by one or more of these principles without opposition others can be considered reasonably well-founded. However, practitioners will encounter circumstances where it is impossible to reconcile all applicable principles, and the choice between principles may be necessary. A decision or action plan does not necessarily become unethical simply because it is controversial or because other practitioners would be 81st trainees who work with each other will treat each other with respect and strive to support each other`s learning.
Follow good ethical practices when working together, such as skills practice or personal development.46 We will diligently address the law and how we meet legal requirements for our work – see also 14f, 23 and 70. Situations in which clients are likely to cause serious harm to themselves or others are particularly difficult for the practitioner. These are situations where the practitioner should pay attention to the possibility of conflicting responsibilities between those affecting his client, other people who may be significantly affected and society in general. Resolving conflicting responsibilities may require appropriate consideration of the context in which the service is provided. It is strongly recommended to consult an experienced supervisor or physician if this does not result in an unreasonable delay. In all cases, the goal should be to ensure a good quality of care for the client, respecting the client`s ability to self-determine and trust depending on the circumstances. I think it is good that they are using the BACP guidelines; They are carefully studied and very well thought out, robust to challenges and clearly presented. They also only allow volunteer counsellors registered with the BACP, which ensures that the counsellors themselves are aware of the ethical requirements. In my opinion, this also has a very small impact on the way consultants work, as they are not required to radically change the way they practice to volunteer with Off The Record. 5. The principles draw attention to important ethical responsibilities. Our core principles are: Practitioners should know and understand all the legal requirements of their work, take them into account conscientiously, and be legally responsible for their practice.
6. Demonstrate accountability and openness by:a. are willing to discuss openly and honestly with clients all known risks associated with the work and how best to achieve our clients` desired outcomes by communicating all the benefits, costs and obligations that clients can reasonably expect. Ensure that customers are immediately informed of anything that exposes the customer to the risk of harm or damage in our cooperation, whether customers are aware of it or not, and take prompt action to limit or repair any damage as much as possible. Review of our work with clients in Supervisiond. Monitor how customers experience our collaboration and the impact of our work with them. (7) However, practitioners may encounter circumstances in which it is impossible to reconcile all the applicable principles. This may require the choice of principles to prioritize. A decision or course of action does not necessarily become unethical simply because it is controversial or because other practitioners would have come to different conclusions in similar circumstances. The duty of a physician is to consider all relevant circumstances with the greatest possible care and to be adequately accountable for the decisions made.
Working with young people requires specific ethical awareness and competence. The practitioner is required to consider and assess the balance between young people`s dependence on adults and carers and their gradual development towards independent action. Working with children and adolescents requires careful consideration of issues related to their ability to give consent to receiving a service independently of a person with parental responsibility and to managing trust disclosed by clients.