The Good Practice Steering Group (GPSG) supports the implementation of BACP’s Ethical Framework within member practice and develops evidence informed Good Practice in Action (GPiA) resources in the interests of clients, members and other stakeholders. 

The group works in collaboration with BACP staff, who publish and review the BACP Ethical Framework and manage the commissioning and editing of the good practice resources. We're looking to recruit people who'll reflect the diversity and experience within the BACP membership. You'll need a breadth of knowledge as a therapist and be passionate about ethics.

Term of office

Group members are appointed for up to three years. This may be extended for a further three years. 

Time commitment 

You must attend up to four group meetings a year. These will usually be held remotely with occasional meetings at BACP House in Lutterworth. You'll also have on-going background work, which may include taking part in working groups, producing resources on particular topics or reading and reviewing GPiA publications. 

General responsibilities

The duties of a GPSG member are to: 

  • work collaboratively with BACP Professional Standards department
  • safeguard the good name and values of BACP, ensuring the BACP Ethical Framework and GPiA resources produced are to agreed quality assurance standards
  • encourage members to embed ethics within practice
  • network
  • give your viewpoint on prioritisation and the production of ethics and good practice resources
  • represent BACP and our members to wider stakeholder groups, including training and placement providers

Carrying out the role

As a GPSG member you'll be expected to:

  • attend group meetings fully prepared, having read all the papers and documents sent out (where possible, meeting dates are agreed in advance to support attendance)
  • act as an ambassador for BACP within the membership
  • adhere to our policies, procedures and code of conduct relating to volunteers
  • maintain absolute confidentiality of sensitive and confidential information
  • always act in the best interests of BACP
  • observe the seven Nolan principles: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, leadership

Skills and abilities

You will:

  • be willing to devote time and effort to the role
  • have a range of experience as a therapist
  • have good, independent judgement
  • be able to think creatively
  • understand the responsibilities of the position
  • be IT literate - able and willing to use technology on BACP business (papers are distributed through email)
  • have a passion for ethics

Experience of writing or publishing is desirable but not essential. 


There is no remuneration for this role, however, we'll reimburse reasonable expenses incurred in carrying out the role in line with our volunteers expenses policy.  

How to apply

For more information or to apply for this role, please send your CV and an application letter stating your relevant skills, knowledge and experience to The closing date for applications is 17 February 2023. 

Short-listed applicants will be invited to meet GPSG representatives via MS Teams to discuss the requirements of the role. 

BACP has made it our responsibility when attracting and meeting with new talent to be inclusive and accessible, we welcome applications from people from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented communities. BACP is Disability Confident Committed and we'll make reasonable adjustments wherever possible to support you in your application and candidate journey throughout the recruitment process.