Recording of Concern and Risk
If a counsellor is concerned by issues raised by a client related to risk to self or others or the welfare of a child, they will bring this to the attention of the Crew Counselling Co-ordinator/Chief Executive Officer to ensure safe practice. This is also recorded confidentially in the client file.
There may be times when we are required by law to break confidentiality. If such a situation arose, your counsellor would always strive to inform you if confidentiality needed to be broken.
Examples of when confidentiality may need to be broken include but are not limited to:
- Explicit child safety issues
- If someone is making advanced plans to take their own life through suicide
- If someone poses a clear risk to themselves or another person
- Information relating to acts of terrorism
- Information relating to money laundering and/ or drug trafficking
- If someone is putting the public at risk through driving under the influence
Child safety issues - in child protection cases we contact health visitors for children under 5 years old and for over 5 year olds we contact the head teacher and/or social work as directed by GIRFEC (Getting it Right for Every Child) guidelines.
Mental health issues such as advanced plans to take your own life through suicide - we may need to contact your GP or the emergency services.
Terrorism, money laundering and drug trafficking and putting the public at risk through driving under the influence - we would need to contact Police Scotland.
These are rare things to happen but we have responsibility for your safety and the safety of others. If any of these issues are concerning you, please talk to one of the counsellors – they are here to help.