Work is now underway on the re-development of the Ethical Framework with specific focus upon these areas:
- Promoting public trust in the safety and quality standards of services provided by BACP members and registrants
- Taking account of changes in legal requirements and public policy generally but specifically concerning:
- adequate measures to protect client safety and the quality of services being delivered following recent major failures in health and social care
- the protection of children and vulnerable adults and respect for their rights.
- Ensuring that our ethics are responsive to people with diverse abilities, identities and contexts
- The use of evidence in developing, delivering and monitoring services
- The use of new technologies to deliver therapy
- Strengthening record keeping requirements
- Revising supervision roles, responsibilities and duties in ways that take account of developments following the reports of scandals in social and health care and the varying contexts of practice
- The increasing range of roles, including coaching, being undertaken by members
Finally, it is crucial that the Ethical Framework takes advantage of the opportunities offered by the Internet. We are planning that the revised Ethical Framework will be supported by hyper-linked practitioner guidance material to facilitate a richer engagement from both members and the public with high quality, ethical resources to support counselling, psychotherapy and related roles.
Over the next 6-8 months, BACP is keen to offer members sufficient opportunities to contribute their thoughts and views on the proposed developments as they unfold, and accordingly influence the revision and development of the Ethical Framework. There are three key, live webinar events exploring the major issues (click here for more information). These events will be recorded and available to view by those members unable to login to the live events. There is this dedicated news webpage, from which members can gain up to date information concerning developments as they occur. There will also be regular news items in Therapy Today.
This is your chance to get involved and to make a difference.