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No more 'personal notes'? Data protection policy and practice in Higher Education counselling services in the UK

Jenkins, P and Potter, S 2007, 'No more 'personal notes'? Data protection policy and practice in Higher Education counselling services in the UK' , British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 35 (1) , pp. 131-146.

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Abstract

The introduction of the Data Protection Act 1998 has presented significant challenges to counselling recording, through its detailed requirements for the processing of personal data. The impact of these changes on recording in Higher Education counselling services in the UK is explored, using responses from an electronic survey of universities and colleges. The material is presented in terms of three themes, namely transparency, accountability and professional autonomy. The Act has encouraged more transparent and accountable recording practice by counsellors, while discouraging the use of 'personal notes' held in permanent form outside the remit of formal recording systems. Some key implications for redefining practitioner autonomy in relation to recording, consistent with the principles of transparency and accountability, are briefly explored.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Guidance & Counselling
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0306-9885
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2011 14:29
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:46
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/12847

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