Ethical Framework - Projecting a Positive Image
Projecting a Positive Image
The increasing availability of Play Therapy and Filial Playmeans that most practitioners have other
practitioners working in their locality, or may be working closely with colleagues within specialised
or multidisciplinary teams.
The quality of the interactions between practitioners can enhance or undermine the claim that play
and creative arts therapies enable children to fulfil their potential. This is particularly true for
practitioners who work in agencies or teams.
Professional relationships should be conducted in a spirit of mutual respect.
They should not allow their professional relationships with colleagues to be prejudiced by their own personal views
about a colleague's lifestyle, gender, age, disability, race, sexual orientation, beliefs or culture. It is unacceptable
and unethical to discriminate against colleagues on any of these grounds.
It is not ethical to make overt or implied derogatory remarks about other organisations, methods of training or about the professionalism
of their members unless they are founded on evidence and the practitioner is willing to justify them.
Practitioners should endeavour to attain good working relationships and systems of communication that enhance
services to clients at all times. It is essential to respect members of other professional bodies working in related
Practitioners should treat all colleagues fairly and foster equality of opportunity.
Practitioners must not undermine a colleague's relationships with clients, carers, referrers or commissioners by
making unjustified or unsustainable comments.
All communications between colleagues about clients should be on a professional basis and thus purposeful,
respectful and consistent with the management of confidences as declared to clients.
The practitioner is responsible for learning about and taking account of the different protocols, conventions and
customs that can pertain to different working contexts and cultures.
All routine referrals to colleagues and other services should be discussed with the carer and if at all feasible with
the client in advance. The carer’s/person legally responsible and/or client's consent should be obtained both to
making the referral and also to disclosing information to accompany the referral. Reasonable care should be
taken to ensure that:
- the recipient of the referral is able to provide the required service
- any confidential information disclosed during the referral process will be adequately protected;
- the referral will be likely to benefit the client.
Prior to accepting a referral the practitioner should give careful consideration to:
- the appropriateness of the referral;
- the likelihood that the referral will be beneficial to the client;
- the adequacy of the carer/client's consent for the referral.
If the referrer is professionally required to retain overall responsibility for the work with the client, it is considered to
be professionally appropriate to provide the referrer with brief progress reports. Such reports should be made in
consultation with clients and carers and not normally against their explicit wishes.
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