BACP Ethical Framework

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The BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions (2016) sets out the professional and ethical standards that counselling practitioners are expected to adhere to in their work. It is a living document that is reviewed and updated on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of changes in society and the counselling profession.

The framework is based on four main pillars:

  1. Respect for people
  2. Competence
  3. Responsibility
  4. Integrity

Respect for people is at the heart of the counselling relationship. It includes valuing people as individuals, respecting their autonomy, and promoting their well-being.

Competence refers to the need for counselling practitioners to have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to practise safely and effectively.

Responsibility includes being accountable for one’s own actions and taking responsibility for maintaining and developing one’s own competence.

Integrity refers to the need for counselling practitioners to be honest, trustworthy and transparent in their dealings with clients, colleagues and the public.

The BACP Ethical Framework is not a prescriptive code of conduct. It is not a set of rules that must be followed blindly. Rather, it is a set of principles that should be used as a guide in making ethical decisions in the counselling relationship.

The framework is not intended to be a straitjacket that restricts creativity and innovation in counselling practice. Nor is it intended to be used as a weapon to punish those who fail to conform to its provisions. Rather, it is a tool to be used by counselling practitioners in order to reflect on their own practice and to make ethical decisions in the best interests of their clients.

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