There are three main reasons why confidentiality is important. These are trust of the person that has told you the information, safety of protecting the children, and it is the law to confide in others. You will have a confidentiality policy where you work which will include procedures to guide the way the information is recorded, handled, stored and shared. You should know about these and be able to work within the guidelines. There are some situations in which confidentiality needs to be breached to report information to
Task A Supervision Notes As an experienced social care worker you have been asked to mentor a new social care worker. You plan to use a supervision session to explain about the duty of care and how this helps to protect individuals from harm and abuse. Prepare a set of notes to help you in this supervision session. In the notes, you must include an explanation of: Ai What is meant by the term “duty of care” It is a legal obligation to provide care and support to vulnerable adults. The social care worker must do everything they can to keep the service users safe from harm, injury and abuse.
Explain the meaning of the term confidentiality Confidentiality refers to the need to handle personal and private information in ways that are appropriate, safe and professional and meet legal requirements. There are three main reasons why confidentiality is an important issue in a health and social care setting. Trust The relationships you build with service users and their families are central to your care role. If you share their personal information with others who have no need or right to know you risk breaking their trust in you. Individuals also need to know there are secure systems and procedures operating in the care setting to protect confidential information.
According to Furedi (2004, p174) a typical form of a therapeutic process for counseling involving individuals is composed of different techniques and theories which are taken from different approaches. These approaches are psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and person-centered approaches as well as behavior modification techniques. All these approaches were chosen to depend on their effectiveness and relevance to the client. The relationship expected to thrive between a therapist and a client should be a fiduciary one which is characterized by distinctive trust. It is noteworthy that professional boundaries should ensure that patients needs remain primary.
1.2 Explain why it is important to have secure systems for recording and storing information in a Social care setting. It is important because any breach of personal information without consent is breach of the law data act 1998. Also privacy is very important to people and they don’t want their personal information getting into the wrong hands and being used against them or being a victim of identity theft. 2.1 Describe how to access guidance, information and advice about handling information. I would access guidance, information and advice about handling information from speaking to my manger and attending any training and reading the policy and procedures.
In a therapeutic setting, even when the client feels that they are speaking in confidence, when a therapist hears of facts that amount to child abuse, he or she is mandated to report those facts to the appropriate authorities. As a result, psychologists have reported that having to break confidentiality to report a suspected case of child abuse is a common ethical issue. Chpter 2 page 42 Indeed, the fact that confidentiality is considered a most basic ethical principle is articulated in the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, which states: 4.01 Maintaining Confidentiality Psychologists have a primary obligation and take reasonable precautions to protect confidential information obtained through or stored in any medium, recognizing that the extent and limits of confidentiality may be regulated by law or established by institutional rules or professional or scientific relationship. In fact, the concept of confidentiality is so central in a therapeutic relationship that a study found that only 50% of practicing psychologists informed clients of the limits of confidentiality and 12% actually informed their clients that everything discussed while in session was confidential. Chapter 2 p 44 The
In order to protect the speaker and the counsellor throughout the helping process, ensuring justice, fairness and non-discriminatory practice to both parties, a code of ethical framework is followed. The counsellor will also have regular supervision sessions to explore and address any conscious or unconscious feelings they may experience. The Counselling group I am part of developed a “Working contract” at the beginning of the course. This agreement is what the participants of the group expect from each
Staff should work in a way that promotes person centred care by respecting the client’s needs and preferences, this gives better care and makes the client feel valued and in control of what they want from their lives. Aiii A definition of the term “consent” in adult social care. Consent is agreeing to an activity for example, clients giving consent for medication to be administered. Aiv An explanation of why social care workers must gain the consent of the individual when they are providing care or support. Staff should always consent when providing support, if not the client could be at risk of abuse.
The ethical dilemma of protecting a patients confidentiality whilst expanding access to information to improve our healthcare system will be explored. Confidentiality can be seen as how we, as healthcare practicioners, treat private information once it has been disclosed to us. It had been documented that information usually results from a relationship of trust. According to the NMC (2002) ‘to trust another person is a significant matter’. In a clinical setting someones confidentiality is viewed by some as the key factor in establishing trust and therefore building a good relationship and interaction between a patient and professional.
33.2 explain the importance of reassuring children, young people and adults of the confidentiality of shared information and the limits of this. It is important to reassure children, young people and adults that any information about them is kept confidential and only used where and when necessary and only for the duration required in order to maintain their trust and security. Their right to privacy means that this information has got to be kept confidential and ensured it is not passed on for others to then talk about or even gossip. As a member of teaching staff you need to make sure that you do not violate their trust or put them in risk of harm by divulging personal information. Children and young people need to know that their information will be kept safe and that they won’t be in risk of teasing or bullying by other pupils.