I work with children and young people in an open and transparent youth friendly way. Incorporating creative interventions in order to explore and assist understanding of issues, this leads to the young person being able to make sense of and find their own solutions to problems. In the process they learning strategies that they can add to their toolbox, which they can then utilise these throughout their lives.
I feel that it is important to create a safe space in order to facilitate a comfortable environment for the young person, this includes ensuring they know that they have confidentiality in sessions. I appreciate that this can be worrying for parents as they may feel that they need to know how their child is doing and want to know what is troubling them. Within my contract, (which is signed by both parent and child), it is agreed by both how the confidentiality aspect of the counselling will be maintained. This is so that a good rapport and trusting relationship can be built, in order for the work to be effective and enable the young person to engage. I am bound by BACP and NCS ethical code of conduct and therefore would break confidentiality should it become apparent that there was either a safeguarding issue or one of child protection. I would also share general information about progress or information that would be important for a parent to know.