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At the end of last year, the BACP finally published its long awaited revised Professional Conduct Procedure (PCP). Having consulted on amendments to the PCP as far back as 2015, the sheer length of time it has taken to unveil the revised procedure has not gone unnoticed by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) who only renewed the BACP's accreditation on the condition that the new PCP be published before the end of 2018. The new PCP only applies to complaints received on or after 1 December 2018.
In December 2016 the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) was criticised by the High Court for seeking to hold a hearing into a complaint that had already been determined by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). See our previous blog, ‘Dogged and obstinate’ BACP prevented from proceeding to adjudicate on a complaint already disposed of by the UKCP, for the outcome of that case.
Last month, the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) announced the latest phase of their joint collaboration; the creation of an education and practise framework for the counselling and psychotherapy professions.
In The Queen on the application of Vesna Mandic-Bozic v British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy  EWHC 3134 (Admin), the BACP was criticised by the High Court for its approach to dealing with a complaint against a member and prohibited from adjudicating upon it as it had already been authoritatively dealt with by the UKCP
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BCAP) is undertaking its first significant review of its Professional Conduct Procedure since 2002. Here, I look at what these proposals mean for registrants and highlight some gaping holes that the review has failed to address.
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