British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

 
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Welcome to the BACP Criminal Justice Forum  

Most counsellors or psychotherapists work with clients who may have been touched by the criminal justice system as victims or witnesses. We work with victims of trauma, often violent or sexual, and the backdrop to those therapeutic interventions is that the client may well have experienced contact with the criminal justice system.

Every BACP Division has members who work with clients who are in contact with aspects of criminal justice. Examples would include Counselling Children and Young People (CCYP) working with young people at risk of offending, or conducting pre-trial therapy. Association for Pastoral and Spiritual Care and Counselling (APSCC) members may work as Chaplains in prisons or with homeless or marginalised groups. BACP Workplace may support employees working with prison officers and the police.

The list could continue with examples in each of the Divisions.

The BACP Board has established a new BACP Criminal Justice Forum (CJF) initially with three objectives.

  1. To raise awareness and inform members of initiatives and resources to enhance the work of counsellors/psychotherapists working with any client "touched by the criminal justice system."
  2. To network together interest groups working in this area, such as students on placements working with either the police or prisons; counsellors/psychotherapists working with pre-trial therapy; counsellors working in victim support; counselling/psychotherapy researchers working on criminal justice issues, and so on.
  3. To find ways of collaborating and working strategically in this area.

Hopefully you will have already have seen the relevance of this to your work and are interested in staying in touch with developments. If you would like to be kept informed of new developments in this area please initially contact us.