'At risk of harm'? An exploratory survey of school counsellors in the UK, their perceptions of confidentiality, information sharing and risk management

Peter Jenkins, Joanne Palmer

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    Abstract

    The primary objective of this study was to explore perceptions of UK school counsellors of confidentiality and information sharing in therapeutic work with children and young people, using qualitative methods. The research design employed a two-stage process, using questionnaires and follow-up interviews, with a small, non-random sample of school counsellors. Paper-based questionnaires were used initially to identify themes and sub-themes from respondents (n=13), and were followed up with face-to-face, semi-structured interviews, with a convenience sub-sample (n=6). Counsellors reported a lack of awareness of information-sharing policies, largely assuming a legal duty to report child abuse. Maintaining confidentiality was seen as valuable, in order to protect the therapeutic alliance, despite disclosures of risky behaviour by some young clients. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBritish Journal of Guidance and Counselling
    Pages545-559
    Number of pages15
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012

    Publication series

    NameBritish Journal of Guidance and Counselling
    Volume40

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    Information Management
    Information Dissemination
    Confidentiality
    Risk Management
    Interviews
    Child Abuse
    Disclosure
    Research Design
    Therapeutics
    Surveys and Questionnaires
    Counselors

    Keywords

    • abuse
    • children
    • confidentiality
    • counselling
    • law
    • schools

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    Jenkins, P., & Palmer, J. (2012). 'At risk of harm'? An exploratory survey of school counsellors in the UK, their perceptions of confidentiality, information sharing and risk management. In British Journal of Guidance and Counselling (pp. 545-559). (British Journal of Guidance and Counselling; Vol. 40). https://doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2012.718732
    Jenkins, Peter ; Palmer, Joanne. / 'At risk of harm'? An exploratory survey of school counsellors in the UK, their perceptions of confidentiality, information sharing and risk management. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. 2012. pp. 545-559 (British Journal of Guidance and Counselling).
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