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Therapy with Children: Children's Rights, Confidentiality and the Law / Edition 2

Therapy with Children: Children's Rights, Confidentiality and the Law / Edition 2

by Debbie Daniels, Peter Jenkins


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848609990
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 11/30/2010
Series: Ethics in Practice Series
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Peter Jenkins is a counsellor, trainer, supervisor and researcher. He has worked as a student and staff counsellor in college and university settings for the past thirty years. During this time, he has developed a particular interest in exploring ethical, professional and legal issues in counselling practice. He has run over two hundred workshops on these topics, aimed at addressing the current concerns of practitioners. He has been a member of both the BACP Professional Conduct Committee and the UKCP Ethics Committee and has published around one hundred articles on law and ethics in the professional counselling press. His publications include Therapy with Children, as co-author with Dr Debbie Daniels (Second edition, Sage, 2010), Counselling, Psychotherapy and the Law (Second edition, Sage 2007), online modules for Counselling Mind-Ed and other training material, such as Counselling Confidentiality and the Law (2013, Counselling DVDs).

Peter has produced a wide range of free resources, which can be downloaded to supplement the material outlined in his recent book, Professional Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Ethics and the Law. These resources include a video presentation on key issues in recording therapeutic work with clients and online self-study programmes on legal issues in working with children and young people for Mind Ed. While his book closely follows the BACP Ethical Framework in terms of discussing the competencies required of counsellors and psychotherapists, he has also developed a critical analysis of the Ethical Framework, and of some of the legal resources designed to underpin it. In addition, the key area of data protection is undergoing change, with the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018. The impact of the GDPR is explored in a further piece, looking at its background and some of the main implications for counsellors.

  • Video of PPS presentation on 'Records as Evidence'
  • Mind Ed Counselling: Legal and Professional Issues, i.e. self-study online programmes on working with young people, in relation to record keeping, safeguarding, ethics and the law
  • Article: 'What is wrong with the Ethical Framework?'
  • Article: 'Chestnuts roasting on an open fire? Supervisor liability revisited'
  • Article on the new General Data Protection Regulation: 'An upgrade for data privacy?'

Webinars (access is free for counselling students via

  • Working with Children and Young People: An Ethical and Legal Minefield?
  • Making Sense of the New Ethical Framework
  • Supervisors – A New Duty of Care?

Brief video clips discussing:

  • The Gillick principle in working with children and young people
  • Limits to confidentiality in reporting a serious crime committed by your client
  • Aspects of professional negligence, in the watershed legal case of Werner versus Landau (1961)

Peter can be contacted at

Table of Contents

Legal references vi

List of boxes viii

Foreword x

Acknowledgements xi

Part 1 Theoretical Frameworks 1

Introduction 3

1 Children's rights: from dependence to autonomy 7

2 Therapy with children: the psychoanalytic tradition 25

3 Therapy and the rights of the child 39

4 The law relating to therapy with children: contrasting approaches 59

Part 2 Case Examples 79

5 Parental oversight of therapy: the therapist as mediator 81

6 Reporting child abuse: the therapist as law enforcer 95

7 Provisional confidentiality in practice: the therapist as protector 111

8 Working with risk: the therapist as enabler 133

Part 3 Therapy with Children - Some Conclusions 153

9 Empowering children: the case for therapy as a 'confidential space' 155

Appendix 1 Summary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) 1989 168

Appendix 2 Resources 171

References 176

Index 186

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