In this assignment I am going summarise key aspects of current legislative requirements and codes of practice relevant to Counselling training in Adult Education. I am going to discuss issues of equality and diversity and outline ways to promote inclusion. I am going to review referral options and describe the types of records I keep and why.
Legislative Requirements and Codes of Practice
Both Legislative Requirements and Codes of Practice can be grouped into 2 types. Generic, which means relating to teaching and Specific, relating to the specialist area, in this case Counselling.
Gravells (2011:15) reminds us that it is important to remember that these change regularly, hence an essential aspect of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is to ensure that we are up to date with the current requirements. This can be done though membership of a professional body, both a Generic ‘Teaching’ one and a specific ‘Counselling’ one. In addition, subscribing to appropriate media, newspapers or email news groups, as well as belonging to relevant networks, are all ways of keeping up with changes.
Your organisation will have their own requirements and codes, and these will include statutory requirements. Some examples of these are:
Requirement | Generic or Specialist | Key Aspect |
Children Act (2004) | Generic | 5 outcomes of every child matters, less relevant in Counselling Training as learners over 25 |
Code of Professional Practice (2008) | Generic | IfL introduced 7 behaviours for competent teachers in Lifelong Learning Sector |
Copyright Designs & Patent Act (1988) | Generic | Ensure you have permission to copy, adapt and distribute materials |
Data Protection Act (1998 amended 2003) | Generic | Ensure you hold and process information correctly |
Equality Act (2010) | Generic | Anti-discrimination on grounds of disability, sex, race, gender and other grounds |
Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) | Generic | Obligations on all...