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Confidentiality is vital to the work you and your counsellor will do together so we would like to ensure that you have full awareness of the limits of confidentiality within counselling. Everything we discuss will stay between yourself and our organisation but there are exceptions to this, including:
1: If you or another person are at risk or are suffering significant harm.
2: Where you as a client give consent to your information being shared with a third party.
3: Where statutory law requires me to inform the authorities, such as terrorist activities, drug trafficking or money laundering.
4: Where we feel it is appropriate to consult with or involve other professionals such as your GP. In such cases, your counsellor will aim to discuss any actions with you first.
5: As Counsellors we undertake counselling supervision; this helps us think about the work we do with you and to ensure we are working ethically and safely within our practice, which does not involve identifying you.
6: If Youth Works Are ordered by a court of law to disclose information about you
Occasionally our counsellors are asked to complete an anonymous case study to evidence safe working practices. If you have any objection to this please let us know.
Wherever possible, you will be made aware of any concerns your counsellor/practitioner has and any subsequent plan of action to deal with the situation.
For your privacy, if staff see you outside of the organisation, they won’t acknowledge you and will only briefly respond if you say hello first.
At your first appointment your counsellor will go through a contract with you which explains this and the cousnelling journey with you. You will be asked yo sign it to say that you understand and agree with that you have been old. If you are under 13 years old, this contract will be given/discussed with your parent/carer and they will be asked to countersign.
A copy of our Counselling Contract can be found HERE