Understand Safe & Ethical Practice and Why It Is Needed. Explore Features of Safe Practice.

Understand safe & ethical practice and why it is needed. Explore features of safe practice

Safe and ethical practice is concerned with helpers working in a way that protects both themselves and the helpee. By observing central elements including; working within an ethical framework, recognising the limits of ability, signposting the helpee to other agencies for further help and observing boundaries you are working safely and ethically as a helper.
Different areas of work abide by different frameworks particular to their profession or employment. For example Doctors need to be trustworthy, reliable, approachable yet professional and always promote the health of a patient.
An overarching principal of medical practice is ‘do no harm’. It would be dangerous for someone to claim they were a Doctor when they weren’t qualified. They would risk working outside their abilities which could harm a patient who believes wrongly that they are qualified and fit to practice. This would be dangerous and would also damage an important aspect of trust that exists between a Doctor and patient.
Equally confidentiality is important; a patient wishes to discuss a medical problem privately knowing that their personal information is going to be respected and discussed only in a medical context with the aim of helping them.
Similarly when using counselling skills, helpers need to operate within the BACAP Framework. Working within a recognised framework is a key feature of practicing safely. It offers professionalism and reassurance to the helpee. A framework such as the BACAP’s, outlines what personal and moral qualities a counsellor should possess such as empathy, sincerity, integrity and resilience to name a few. It offers ethical principles for counselling such as being trustworthy, autonomy and non-maleficence. This offers helpees an idea of what to expect from good counselling practice. It also gives guidance on what should be done if something goes wrong with clients; again...