Confidentiality

When we first start working together, we discuss this in more detail and agree on how we will work together through a Counselling Agreement and a Confidentiality Agreement. Where appropriate, your parent or carer will also be provided with a Parent Agreement ensuring that they understand confidentiality in your sessions and its exceptions.

Everything we talk about will be confidential except if I think you or someone else is at risk of serious harm. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work with their code of practice on confidentiality. A copy of the BACP Ethical Framework can be found here: https://www.bacp.co.uk/events-and-resources/ethics-and-standards/ethical-framework-for-the-counselling-professions/

If I need to share information with your parent/carer or with an outside agency I will, wherever possible, always talk with you about this first.

It is highly recommended that you speak with your parents or carers about your wish to attend counselling sessions so that they are able to support you in your decision and throughout the course of your sessions. However, I am aware that not all situations are clear cut and there may be circumstances where this would be challenging. You are able to access counselling without parental consent under the age of 16 if you are deemed to be ‘Gillick Competent’ – this is a term which refers to your ability to make decisions for yourself and have an awareness of the consequences of them.

There is no specific age associated with Gillick Competence and different young people will be assessed as competent at different times. There is a presumption that young people aged 16 and over are generally Gillick Competent.

Gillick Competence does not affect the exceptions to confidentiality already mentioned, and information causing concerns around risk of harm or with legal implications may still need to be shared.

Please see the confidentiality policy on the documents page here.

PARENTS:

The content of your child’s sessions will remain confidential between myself and your child unless any safeguarding concerns are raised where I feel there is a risk of serious harm to your child or someone else.

There are exceptions to confidentiality where I have a responsibility to report to relevant authorities under the Legal Acts. Please see the Parent Agreement here.