Working with Clients under 18
Does anyone know what the guidelines are regarding working with under-18s? I've done a little work with children before, and always have the parent present. I would always do this, for my protection and theirs, with anyone under 16. A client recently asked me, however, what the position would be with her soon-to-be 16 year old daughter, who she suspects would not come if she had to have her mum in on the session. I said I'd check it out. I'm not sure where I stand legally and professionally on this. I have an enhanced disclosure check, for what it's worth. Does anyone know what the official position is...?
Thanks so much for that reply Mike, really useful to see how someone else manages it. I have been meaning to say that I got a call from someone in the insurance section at Embody, who was extremely helpful in outlining the ins and outs from an insurance perspective. I can't reproduce here what she said, as its complex, but I would advise anyone with the same questions to ring Embody - the information they gave me was invaluable.
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I have treated several under 16's, the youngest was 5 and had her mother and father present at different times. I have two young lads whose mothers left them with me whilst they fetched other siblings from school.
One day, I had my insurance document to hand, I asked my husband to read through it for me as he had considerable expertise in Insurance, who pointed out that I must have an adult present! So, I would make sure you check your insurance documents before treating without an adult!
I have since made sure that an adult is present on the premises, sometimes outside on a chair if need be.