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COUNSELLING CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE: CONFIDENTIALITY & THE LAW

COUNSELLING CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE: CONFIDENTIALITY & THE LAW

With rapidly changing legislation and child protection procedures, working therapeutically with children and young people is becoming increasingly complex.  How do we ensure that we offer the level of confidentiality that the child has a right to in law, whilst still addressing child protection issues adequately and where necessary working systemically?  This workshop is appropriate for anyone working in a therapeutic way with children and young people up to the age of 18 years in the UK, where necessary distinguishing between the differences in Scotland and Northern Ireland.  This workshop is also essential for those offering clinical supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists working with children and young people.

This workshop will include:

  • Children’s rights including The UN convention on Children’s Rights
  • Offering Confidentiality and Information sharing
  • The Children Acts (1989 & 2004), The Children (Scotland) Act 1995 and The Children (NI) Order 1995
  • Every Child Matters, Common Assessment Framework and Contact point – the relevance for counsellors/psychotherapists in different settings
  • Independent Safeguarding Authority – what it means for counsellors/psychotherapists working with children and young people
  • Aspects of other relevant legislation for counsellors working with children such as, Data Protection Act 1998, Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1994, and Sexual Offences Act 2003
  • Assessing Gillick competence.

This workshop is delivered in a fully interactional way that enables the content to be absorbed easily and enjoyably.  Numbers are restricted to 15 to ensure there is time for delegates to bring issues from their own particular settings.



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