Confidentiality policy

I will maintain confidentiality and protect your data. This applies to any and all records in accordance with GDPR and confidentiality guidelines of the BACP. I will not disclose identifiable information about you or someone you discuss except for in the following circumstances:

  • My own Supervision. Our work will be discussed with my supervisor in a confidential, anonymised manner that focuses on my own practice. Where there is a connection between my supervisee and supervisor, I will take extra steps to anonymise any issues I bring to them, or if that is not possible, use an alternate supervision space.
  • If you or someone else is at risk, I will explore this with you and we will mutually agree on how to proceed. I do not operate a general policy of disclosing risk without my client’s consent, as such a policy can put clients at further risk. However, in exceptional circumstances where there is severe risk of criminal harm to others, I reserve the right to share information with the appropriate agency.
  • There are rare certain legal situations where I would be obliged to share information, for example in the case of terrorism, money laundering and certain instances related to road traffic offences.

Working with under 18s

  • I work with Gillick competent under 18s. I never share information with parents, even if parents are paying for therapy, without clients’ permission. As a general rule I do not bring parents into the therapy process.
  • The number of sessions that need to be paid for will necessarily be disclosed if a parent is paying, however I will not disclose if the client made a last minute cancellation or did not attend a session.
  • If a young person under 18 is at risk of abuse or serious harm, I will discuss with them the best way to help them be safe. There may be very rare occasions when I would need to take the decision to speak to a GP or social worker about safeguarding concerns without the young person’s consent.

Supervisees

  • My supervisees will also be bound by their own organisational and practice agreements around disclosure and confidentiality
  • Disclosure will only be made if the supervisee fails to disclose where deemed necessary.
  • In the case of trainees, I will be required to provide reports of our work to the training institute, and in some instances, the placement. While I will always share these with you before they are sent, there may be instances where I am ethically required to disclose concerns or developmental issues with your practice. I will address these in our sessions beforehand where possible.
    • If I believe that the Supervisee is not fit to practice or practicing outside their limits of competence, we would have a discussion, with the possibility that I might request the Supervisee takes a break from client work to rest, pending a review, or that a supervisee would end work which is beyond their level of competence.
    • Under the BACP Ethical Framework I am required to protect clients from unsafe practice and ensure they are not harmed. Therefore I will disclose to BACP and to placements and training organisations in the rare circumstance where a supervisee is unfit/unsafe in their practice and has not themself taken the necessary steps to inform the appropriate people.

Session recordings

Sessions must not be recorded without written agreement of all present

  • If I or my supervisee makes session recordings these must be agreed to in writing by those being recorded, and subsequently stored in according to GDPR rules and deleted immediately after they are no longer requires