Information was received with regard to Ms Dawkins sufficient to refer for consideration under Article 4.6 of the Memorandum & Articles of Association.
The allegations considered by the Article 4.6 Panel were as follows:
- Ms Dawkins had an allegedly inappropriate and intimate relationship with a very vulnerable client, who had originally sought counselling to improve his relationship with his spouse, and which led to Ms Dawkins' suspension from the organisation for which she worked.
- Ms Dawkins' subsequent failure to work effectively with the particular organisation, with regard to three clients, in that she did not provide the organisation with the counselling notes when requested and did not provide the organisation with the assurance that she had ceased work with those clients.
The Panel decided to implement Article 4.6 of the Memorandum and Articles of Association and withdraw BACP membership from Ms Dawkins, to take effect 28 days from notification of this decision. The Panel gave its reasons for its decision as follows:
- Ms Dawkins had failed to co-operate with BACP, despite having a contractual obligation to do so.
- Ms Dawkins seriously breached the Ethical Framework in entering into a friendship with her ex-client, immediately after the termination of therapy, despite clear advice from her supervisor not to do so.
- Ms Dawkins actions, if known, could bring the reputation of BACP into disrepute.
Ms Dawkins was given the opportunity to appeal the decision, but no appeal was received. Consequently her membership was withdrawn.
Any future application for membership of this Association will be considered under Article 4.3 of the Memorandum and Articles of the Association.