I follow the Guidelines and Ethics of the BACP, one of these is confidentiality which is an essential part of the trust formed within our relationship. I will not discuss you with anyone other then what is required of me professionally. However, there are a few exceptions to this:
- It is a requirement that I receive regular supervision for ensuring standards and supportive provision. My supervisor is also bound by confidentiality.
- Confidentiality may be broken if there is a situation where I believe there is a risk to yourself or another. However, this is firstly discussed with you and taken further if necessary.
- I may seek your permission to discuss your needs with your GP.
- It may be necessary to call the emergency services should you be taken ill during one of our sessions and they will need your details.
- Permission will be sought from a clients parent/carer for those under the age of 16.
- Anything of a criminal nature does not fit with confidentiality. I am required by law to break confidentiality under the Terrorism Act 2000, Section 38b; Road Traffic Act 1991 section 21, Children Act 1959 section 50. I can also be subpoenaed by a court of law to disclose information in other circumstances. I will always seek professional advice before breaking confidentiality.
- All identifying paper records are securely locked away and all records are kept for seven years and shredded and burned thereafter.
- Should you require any further information on the BACP code of Ethics and Guidelines please visit: http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/