All BACP members commit to working in accordance with the Ethical Framework as part of their terms and conditions of membership. We continue to develop supplementary resources to help you implement the Ethical Framework into your practice. We also set training standards to ensure practitioners have the right skills and knowledge.

Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions

The Ethical Framework is designed to help counselling professionals provide clients with a secure base for their work together. It creates a shared structure within which practitioners, coaches, trainees, trainers and organisations can all work, but with the flexibility to respond to the needs of different contexts and client groups.

Good Practice in Action

Good Practice in Action resources provide supplementary information to help you engage with the Ethical Framework. They are based on current research and evidence and reviewed by member-led focus groups and experts in the field.

Good practice across the counselling professions

These open access good practice resources are developed in partnership with other professionals to help those working across the counselling professions.

Ethics hub

Our ethics hub is where you can find out about current developments relating to the Ethical Framework and Good Practice in Action resourcesand the support we can offer you when faced with an ethical challenge.

Competences and curricula

Our training standards are based on the latest research evidence into effective practice. They can be used by practitioners, trainers, supervisors and services to ensure therapists have the skills and knowledge needed to work in particular settings or with particular clients.


This glossary explains the meaning of the terms used within the context of the Ethical Framework. If you have specific concerns, you can use the glossary as an index to help you find different topics within the Framework.

Developing the Ethical Framework

The current version of the Ethical Framework was developed through extensive consultation with BACP members. Find out what changed and why.