BACP members have a contractual commitment to work in accordance with the current Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. These Good Practice in Action resources are not contractually binding, but are intended to support practitioners by providing general information on principles and policy applicable at the time of publication, in the context of the core ethical principles, values and personal moral qualities of BACP.

Specific issues in practice will vary depending on clients, particular models of working, the context of the work and the type of therapeutic intervention provided. As specific issues arising from work with clients are often complex, we always recommend discussing practice dilemmas with a supervisor or consulting a suitably qualified and experienced legal or other relevant practitioner.

In these resources, the word therapist is used to mean specifically counsellors and psychotherapists and therapy to mean specifically counselling and psychotherapy. The terms practitioner and counselling related services are used generically in a wider sense, to include the practice of counselling, psychotherapy, coaching and pastoral care.

Legal resources

Abortion:issues for the counselling professions in England and Wales GPiA 059

Assisted death: issues for the counselling professions in England and Wales GPiA 058

Coroner's court: inquests and confidentiality beyond death GPiA 060

Counselling and psychotherapy within the context of adoption law in England GPiA 003

Counselling and psychotherapy within the context of adoption law in Scotland GPiA 025

Counselling and psychotherapy within the context of adoption law in Wales and Northern Ireland GPiA 005

Counselling children and young people in school contexts in Scotland GPiA 026

GDPR legal principles and practice notes for the counselling professions GPiA 105 

Legal issues and resources for counselling children and young people in school contexts in England, Northern Ireland and Wales GPiA 002

Managing confidentiality GPiA 014

Mental health and law within the counselling professions in England and Wales GPiA 029

Ownership and storage of records in the context of the counselling professions GPiA 071

Pre-trial therapy with adults in England and Wales GPiA 070

Safeguarding children and young people in England and Wales GPiA 031

Safeguarding vulnerable adults in England and Wales GPiA 030

Sharing records with clients, legal professionals and the courts GPiA 069

Suicide in the context of the counselling professions in England and Wales GPiA 057

Supervision in England, Northern Ireland and Wales GPiA 032

Understanding child protection in Scotland GPiA 052

Understanding the children's hearing system in Scotland GPiA 053

Writing reports for the courts and giving evidence in court in the context of the counselling professions in England and Wales GPiA 083

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