Bespoke Board

Board of Reference

Dave Schofield – Chairman

Ros Baldwin – Professional Oversight

Andrew Chapman – Spiritual Oversight

James Grier  – Clerical Oversight

Kay Schofield

 Code of Practice and Ethics

A.     BASIC FRAMEWORK

These shall incorporate the following aspects of the BACP 2001, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2010  Ethical Framework for Good Practice:

  • Ethics for counselling and psychotherapy
  • Values of counselling and psychotherapy
  • Ethical principles of counselling and psychotherapy
  • Personal moral qualities
  • Guidance on good practice in counselling and psychotherapy
  • Providing a good standard of practice and care
  • Working with colleagues
  • Probity in professional practice
  • Care of self as a practitioner

EXCEPT THAT

  1. Para 18 of ‘Keeping Trust’  under the section ‘Providing a good standard of practice and care’ shall be interpreted on the basis that the client, by choosing to receive Bespoke services, understands, agrees and desires that
    1. those services include Christian prayer
    2. those services do not fall within BACP and/or LBCAI Professional guidelines in that they  include prayer;
    3. fall under the covering of the Bespoke Board of Reference.
  2. The final phrase of Para 25 ‘and to promote awareness of counselling and psychotherapy in the public through providing information and education’ and Paras 26-31 of ‘Teaching and Training’ under the section ‘Providing a good standard of practice and care’ and the Preamble and Paras 51-56 of the section ‘Working with Colleagues’ shall be excluded as irrelevant to Bespoke services.
  3. There shall be substituted for paras 32-35 of ‘supervising and managing’ under the section ‘Providing a good standard of practice and care’ the provisions of ‘Bespoke Supervision’ below.
  4. There shall be substituted in para 46 of ‘if things go wrong with clients’ under the section ‘Providing a good standard of practice and care’  for the words ‘Professional Conduct Procedure of this Association and any other applicable complaints or disciplinary procedures’ the words ‘ Bespoke complaints procedure’.

 B. BESPOKE SUPERVISION

  1. It is a breach of Bespoke ethical requirements for anyone providing Bespoke services to do so without regular supervision as well as consultative support whenever necessary.
  2. The volume of supervision should be a minimum of 4 sessions per year or as is otherwise agreed with the Founders.
  3. The discussion of cases within supervision and/or consultative support should take place without revealing the personal identity of the client.

 C. BESPOKE COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE

1. If a client has a complaint which cannot be resolved or remedied after discussion with the person concerned, they should implement the Bespoke Complaints Procedure.

2. If a provider of Bespoke services suspects misconduct by another Bespoke member which cannot be resolved or remedied after discussion with the person concerned, they should implement the Complaints Procedure, doing so without breaches of confidentiality other than such as are necessary for investigating the complaint.

3. The only complaints that can be dealt with by this procedure are those concerning failure to comply with the Bespoke Code of Practice and Ethics.

4. All complaints should be taken up with the Bespoke member providing the service in the first instance, both verbally and in writing.

5. If there is no satisfactory conclusion, then the complaint should be taken up in writing with the Chairman of the Board of Reference c/o Rivendell, 55 Fore Street, Bradninch, EX5 4NN and shall be dealt with by the procedures established by the Board of Reference.

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