Therapy with Children is a vital resource for any practitioner navigating the legal minefield of working with children and young people. Prioritizing the needs of the child as the client, the authors explore the legal and professional dimensions of working therapeutically with children. This long-awaited Second Edition responds to significant shifts in policy and the revised text additionally addresses:- the importance of confidentiality in establishing a working alliance and maintaining a secure environment for therapy with children- the conflicting pressures faced by therapists concerning issues of parental involvement and children at risk- changes in light of the Children Act 2004, Mental Health Act 2007, and the Axon case- changes in the organization of child protection - increased provision of therapeutic services for children, particularly in school settings, and the growing numbers of counselors working with children - the relevance of psychoanalysis in development of child-focused therapy, as well as reference to other therapeutic approaches to child therapy- the urgent case for developing 'confidential spaces' within therapeutic services for children and young people.

The Law Relating to Therapy with Children: Contrasting Approaches

The law relating to therapy with children: Contrasting approaches

Many people working with children express uncertainty and confusion about their therapeutic work and the law. Whether practising in a youth centre, school, voluntary agency or other setting, the law seems complex and something of a minefield when it comes to counselling and therapy for children and young people (Brown, 2006). Do the parents always have to be informed or give permission? Can the young person be offered completely confidential therapy, and if so, at what age? If child abuse is suspected, is it compulsory to report it to the authorities in every case?

Questions like these will confront adults seeking to provide a therapeutic service for young people. ...

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