Extract from the Ethical Framework 2018

81. Trainees working with each other will:

a. relate respectfully to others and endeavour to support each others’ learning
b. follow good ethical practice when working with each other, for example when practising skills or in personal development 

82. In the interests of openness and honesty with clients:

a. trainees on a practitioner-qualifying course working with clients will inform clients (or ensure that clients have been informed) that they are trainees
b. trainees who are undertaking post-qualification CPD or further training will be guided by any applicable training requirements when using their professional and ethical judgement about whether to inform clients that they are in training

83. All trainees will:

a. seek their clients’ permission to use any information from work with them for training purposes, for example, in presentations, case studies or as assessed practice. Alternatively, any report of work undertaken will be so thoroughly anonymised that the identity of the person concerned cannot be identified by any means reasonably likely to be used. Consent is required if anonymity cannot be assured or when required by the training provider’s instructions or regulations.
b. ensure that they deliver services that satisfy the minimum professional standards when working as practitioners with members of the public. This standard may be achieved with the assistance of appropriate professional support.
c. collaborate with their trainers, placement providers, supervisors and other professional advisers to provide services to their clients that satisfy professional standards by being undertaken with reasonable care and skill
d. be watchful for any incompatibilities between contractual requirements that have implications for work with clients, for example, between agreements with clients, training providers and placements, and seek appropriate support in order to ensure that all contractual requirements are compatible
e. be open and honest with trainers, placement providers and supervisors about all issues relevant to their selection, training, supervision and professional practice 

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FAQs

What are the main ethical differences between working with fellow trainees and ‘real’ clients who are not members of our course?

Does having to declare that we are trainees when working with clients put us at a disadvantage in how we work with them and their attitude to us as practitioners? Why is this a requirement?

 

What do we do if we notice an incompatibility of contracts as mentioned in Good Practice point 83(d)?

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