(updated October 2020)
I am committed to maintaining the highest standards of confidentiality in all of my work in order to ensure the safety and well being of my clients.
I provide a confidential service and no information will be given to any other person or agency without your consent. This includes information about whether or not you are or have been a client of mine. However, there are certain circumstances under which I may need to talk to other professionals about information you give me. These are as follows:
- In order to prevent or lessen a serious threat to yourself or another’s safety.
- If there is a child protection issue. That is, if you tell me about a child or children who are being abused or neglected or who are at risk of being abused or neglected.
- If there is an allegation or reasonable suspicion of a vulnerable adult who is, or is at risk of, being abused or neglected.
- If I am required to do so by the terms of a court order.
- If I am required by law for any other reason to do so, including in relation to the requirements of money-laundering, trafficking or anti-terrorism legislation.
Should I need to break confidentiality, I will endeavour to seek your consent, unless I am prohibited from doing so by the relevant law.
All counsellors are required to have regular clinical supervision and I will discuss you with my supervisor in this context, keeping your identity confidential. In addition, your contact details will be available to the executor of my clinical will, in order that they can contact you in the event that I die or am incapacitated in some other way so that I cannot contact you myself.