Code of ethics

Code of ethics

Code of Ethics and Practice         

Revised January 2020

Introduction

The aim of the Code of Ethics and Practice is to ensure that all practitioners working for Absolute Specialists Wellbeing (ASWPs) act with integrity and responsibility.

ASWPs should conduct themselves with truthfulness and dignity at all times in relation to their dealings with clients, colleagues and others.

The Code describes the standards of conduct and practice Absolute Specialists Wellbeing expects of ASWPs. They must agree to abide by the ethos, observe and be bound by its policies and this Code of Ethics and Practice; to abide by the regulations of ASW, maintain professional indemnity insurance in respect of their professional practice and hold a current DBS certificate.

It is the responsibility of every ASWP to be familiar with and comply with the content of this Code, to be able to explain its requirements satisfactorily to their clients and others and to provide a copy to clients.

Our Mission

Our mission is to equip people of all ages with tools to achieve and maintain a healthy mind-set and create a more fulfilling life.

Our Values

We will:-

  • hold an open, non-judgemental, nurturing environment for our clients, guiding them with love and authenticity and addressing as they arise any personal issues that could affect our ability to be fully present while working with them; 
  • use The Focussed Mindfulness MethodTM and other tools to work with clients’ emotional and physical pain and suffering, enabling them to foster a clearer, happier and more engaged approach to themselves, life, work and relationships;
  • teach clients techniques and tools so that they can continue to develop and build on the improvements they experience in one-to-one sessions and workshops afterwards and at times of need;
  • engage with community groups to reach people who will benefit from our service, enabling them to become healthier, happier, more engaged and able to live by their own values and so contribute to the development of a more inclusive, compassionate and supportive society living within a healthy environment.

Our Objectives

To work with clients’ emotional and physical pain and suffering, enabling them to foster a clearer, happier and more engaged approach to themselves, life, work and relationships.

To enable people of all ages to achieve and maintain a healthy mind-set, offering tools that will equip them to create a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

To teach techniques and tools via one-to-one sessions and workshops so that people can continue to develop and build on the improvements they experience and draw on them at times of need.

To develop self-awareness and ownership of personal values.

To support engagement in communities and so contribute to the development of a more inclusive, compassionate and supportive society living within a healthy environment.

Key principles for practice

These principles are for guidance and are not intended to be exhaustive. It is expected that the relationship between ASWPs and their clients is one of mutual respect. Every ASWP expected to agree to the Patient Charter, in particular to:

1.1 Put the individual needs of the client first.

1.2 Respect the privacy and dignity of clients.

1.3 Treat everyone fairly, respectfully, sensitively and appropriately without discrimination.

1.4 Work to foster and maintain the trust of individual clients and the public.

1.5 Listen actively and respect the client’s views and their right to personal choice.

1.6 Encourage clients, where they are able, to take responsibility for themselves through discussion and provision of information and, where they are deemed not to be able, to offer guidance and support until such as time as they are well enough to take responsibility again.

1.7 Respect and protect client confidentiality.

1.8 Disclose confidential information only in clearly defined circumstances.

1.9 Maintain and develop professional knowledge and skills.

1.10 Practise only within the boundaries of their own competence.

1.11 Respond promptly and constructively to concerns, criticisms and complaints (see The Complaints Procedure).

And also to: 

1.12 Respect the skills of other health care professionals and where possible work in co-operation with them.

1.13 Comply with the current legislation of the country, state or territory where they are practising.

Records, Confidentiality and Disclosure

ASWPs must be compliant with ASW’s Safeguarding Policy and Data Protection Policy and are responsible for keeping up to date with their training in these areas.

Confidentiality will be maintained at all times except where:

The practitioner has serious concerns that the client may harm themselves or others.

The practitioner is obliged by law to disclose information.

The practitioner has a strong suspicion that a young person or vulnerable adult is at risk.

In each case they will follow the course of action detailed in ASW’s Safeguarding Policy.

ASWPs will keep a record of any action taken and reasons for acting with the client’s notes for 7 years after the event (and for children, 7 years after they reach 18), will abide by our Data Protection policy and be registered with the ICO.

ASWPs must be accurate and factual when writing reports, completing or signing forms or certificates or if required to give evidence in court or a tribunal.

Competence and Continuing Professional Development

ASWPs will not give advice of any nature or offer any medical diagnoses.

ASWPs will be aware of the limits of their professional competence and where appropriate, will refer their client to another suitably qualified professional.

ASWPs should regularly monitor and evaluate their skills and actively extend their knowledge base and their own personal development through continuing professional development (CPD).

To support these commitments, ASWPs will attend regular (usually monthly) person-centred supervision sessions with a supervisor approved by Absolute Specialists Ltd. Licence to practice as an ASWP will be reviewed annually and will only be renewed when practitioners can demonstrate that they are undertaking appropriate CPD.

Evidence of CPD will be taken into account when hearing allegations regarding an ASWP’s professional conduct or competence.

ASWPs who work with young people and vulnerable adults will hold an up to date advanced DBS certificate.

Professional boundaries

It is never appropriate for an ASWP pursue or enter into an intimate relationship with a client. Such a relationship is potentially abusive of the person concerned and undermines the relationship of trust. ASWPs will ensure that a professional relationship is maintained at all times.

It is not normally appropriate to enter a practitioner/client relationship with family or friends

Support and guidance in managing a potentially difficult situation of this nature, should be sought from a supervisor, or from the ASW Professional Conduct Officer.

Conflict of interest

ASWPs will seek to avoid conflicts of interest and openly disclose any such conflicts to the client. This includes any compensation from third parties for referrals of the client.

Legal Obligations

ASWPs are required to comply with the criminal and relevant civil law of the country, state or territory where they are practising.  They must observe and are responsible for keeping up to date with all legislation and regulations relating directly or indirectly relating to their practice.

References to any legislation or regulations throughout this code shall include any amendments or other alterations, repeals or replacements made in law since the date they came into force.

Insurance

ASWPs shall have appropriate professional indemnity insurance cover at all times.

Complaints

ASWPs aspire to practise safely, competently and ethically.  However, if for whatever reason, their practice is brought into doubt the issue should be taken immediately to supervision. If the matter cannot then be resolved between the ASWP and the complainant, the complainant should be referred to ASW’s professional conduct officer who will investigate the complaint and take appropriate action.

About us

At Absolute Specialists Wellbeing,  we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to self-improvement; each session is completely tailored to the person taking part.

Our method

Our therapeutic approach centres around a selection of clinically-proven psychological techniques. We provide a holistic wellbeing toolbox which is tailored to the individual.