We’re delighted to let you know that the BACP Register has been re-accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) for another year.

The PSA accredits registers of people working in a variety of health and social care occupations not regulated by law. To be accredited, organisations holding such registers must prove that they meet the PSA’s Standards for Accredited Registers.

The PSA provided the following condition to be implemented by 10 November 2017:

BACP must:

  • present its updated Professional Conduct Procedure to the Authority for assessment through the Notification of Change process
  • provide a progress report on the work to update the tone of voice of communications with parties involved in complaints processes
  • provide a progress report on the updates to provide support to complainants
  • provide a progress report on the Memorandum of Understanding with the British Psychoanalytic Council and the UK Council for Psychotherapy.

The Panel provided the following instruction to be implemented by annual review of accreditation:

  • BACP is to make its education and training standards on its website(s) easier for the public to understand.

The re-accreditation by the Authority means we’ve been independently assessed and approved as meeting their standards. Being on the BACP Register demonstrates that a counsellor or psychotherapist meets the minimum level of competence that a client has a right to expect from a practitioner, as well as protecting the health and safety of the public by ensuring rigorous standards in the practice of talking therapies. We really welcome the opportunity to have our processes reviewed from an independent perspective and are pleased to share that the areas for development are already being explored as part of ongoing work.