This engaging new book presents a ‘child-centred’ model of therapy that is thoroughly person-centred in its values. Establishing the roots of child-centred therapy in both child development theories and the Rogerian model, David Smyth demonstrates that counselling the person-centred way is exceptionally relevant to young people. The book further develops child-centred therapy theory and practice, applying the model to real-life practice with children and young people, whether in play, school, organisations or with those with special needs. It also explores the complex professional issues so critical with this age group, including challenging boundaries, establishing an effective relationship with parents and other primary carers, legal and ethical considerations, and multi-professional practice. The author's warm, accessible style conveys his passionate conviction that the person-centred approach can provide a strong foundation for child therapy practice. His book introduces humanistic counselling and psychotherapy trainees to the particular requirements of working with children and young people, and also illustrates the value of using a ‘child-centred’ approach for those who might already be working with children in mental health settings. Equally, this volume can be used for professional development in many disciplines including adult trained therapists who want to extend their knowledge of people prior to reaching adulthood.

Aspects of the Law in Child-centred Therapy

Aspects of the Law in Child-centred Therapy

Aspects of the law in child-centred therapy

Covered in this Chapter

  • Overview
  • Parental responsibility
    • Age boundaries
    • Parental responsibility (for children)
    • Acquisition of parental responsibility by the father
    • Parental responsibility and medical consent
    • Joint registration of the birth by the father and mother
    • Family proceedings
    • Child and Family Court Advisory Support Service (CAFCASS)
    • Children affected by divorce or separation
  • Legal proceedings and therapy


Starting in independent clinical practice, my knowledge of related legal matters was limited, and once I began to see children and young people particularly, this was something I needed to address. I believe it is important that practitioners understand the law affecting aspects of child-centred therapy. I have developed my professional practice to embrace aspects of therapy in which the application of the law can profoundly influence ...

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