As a counsellor I work within the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy Ethical Framework. This means I will not pass on personal information about clients (including information on attendance at counselling sessions) to anyone subject to the following exceptions:
• If the client threatens to cause significant risk of harm to themselves or others
• If the counsellor believes a child or vulnerable adult is at risk of harm or abuse
• If the client shares information relating to the following legislation: -
The Terrorism Act (2000) requires that the counsellor disclose any belief of suspicion of acts of terrorism.
The Drug Trafficking Act (1986) requires the counsellor to disclose to the police information of any individual making money through drug trafficking.
The Road Traffic Act (2000) requires the counsellor to provide information to the police that might identify a driver in a traffic offence. In addition, if a counsellor becomes aware that a client may be driving whilst unsafe (e.g., through epilepsy, medical condition, drug or alcohol abuse) the law requires the counsellor to pass this information to the DVLA.
• I have received written consent from the client to pass on information on their behalf
• I would be liable to a court procedure if the information was not disclosed
I will usually attempt to gain consent from the client before passing on information, if unable to do so I may pass on the information to the relevant person/agency directly.