Consensual disposal agreement between Kerry Vineer (reference no. 00547771) and BACP.
A complaint of professional misconduct was brought against Ms Vineer. Following the outcome of the investigation the complaint was dealt with by means of consensual disposal.
This outcome was reached by agreement.
Kerry Vineer, a BACP individual Member, agrees to the following outcome of the investigation into a complaint of professional misconduct under reference [ . . . ].
1.1 Kerry Vineer has been a BACP member since [ . . . ].
1.2 On 5th August Year 3 the complainant, [ . . . ], who attended a training course where the Member was his tutor, made a complaint to BACP about Kerry Vineer about their professional conduct.
1.3 The Complainant stated the Member deliberately and maliciously damaged his reputation.
2.1 Kerry Vineer makes the following admissions which the BACP accepts:
1.1 Between February Year 1 and February Year 3, the Member was a tutor on the Counselling Diploma course at Organisation X.
1.2 The Complainant was a student on that course over the same period.
1.3 The Member was one of the Complainant’s tutors.
1.4 On or around 14 February Year 3, the Member sent an email to the Complainant, copied to his placement provider
(i) In the email the Member stated that the Complainant’s previous placement provider had ‘dismissed’ him from his placement, or words to that effect.
(ii) The information described at paragraph 1.4(i) was incorrect.
(iii) The Member failed to take reasonable steps to ensure that the information was accurate before sending the email.
1.5 In or around March Year 3 the Member made a witness statement to Organisation X in relation to a complaint submitted by the Complainant.
(i) In the statement the Member stated that the Complainant had falsely gained indemnity insurance.
(ii) The information described at paragraph 1.5(i) was incorrect.
(iii) The Member failed to take reasonable steps to ensure that the information was accurate before submitting her witness statement.
1.6 The Member thereby failed to meet professional standards, including in particular, by acting in a way which was inconsistent with the following paragraph of the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions 2018:
43. We will maintain high standards of honesty and probity in all aspects of our work.
3.1 The issues identified and admitted by Kerry Vineer amounted to breaches of the Ethical Framework.
3.2 One of the aims of the Professional Conduct Procedure is to protect members of the public. The IAC, in considering what sanction may be appropriate in the circumstances of this case has taken into account the interests of public protection.
3.3 In relation to the finding above the IAC considers it appropriate that Kerry Vineer is required to within three months of the date of this agreement:
Within three months, the Member is to provide an in-depth, written, reflective statement setting out her learning from this complaint and, in particular, addressing:
a) the impact of her behaviour on the Complainant
b) how she has changed her practice to ensure that she maintains high standards of honesty and probity in all aspects of her work.
In doing so, the Member is to make specific reference to the ethical principles of being trustworthy and justice, as defined in the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions 2018.
3.4 Kerry Vineer agrees that this Agreement may be published by the BACP and that it will be disclosed to the complainant.
3.5 Kerry Vineer agrees that she will not act in any way inconsistent with this agreement such as, for example, by denying the finding in paragraph 2 above.
3.6 If Kerry Vineer acts in a way which is inconsistent with this Agreement her membership will be terminated. Such a decision will be published.
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