Ethics and Confidentiality
- Autonomy – Respecting freedom of choice and self determination
- Self respect – Personal and professional development and self care
- Fidelity – faithfulness or honouring commitments
- Justice – Fair
- Beneficence – Doing good and preventing harm, promoting client’s well-being
Requests from third parties will be treated in a way that respects confidentiality and privacy.
Consent by the patient/ client is normally obtained, and they will at all times be advised of any proposed disclosure.
Any information cannot be disclosed without written permission from the client. Exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, will make every effort to enlist their safety.