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Ethical & Legal Issues when Working with Children & Adolescents

Review the particular training required in order to work with children and/or adolescents, and the sorts of ethical and legal questions that arise in working with children and adolescents? Investigate the law in the province, territory, or state within which you plan to practice (by contacting the licensing board or college responsible for registration within your province, territory, or state), and create a scenario in which where you practice might make a difference in how you practice. (i.e., Can minors consent to treatment without parental knowledge or parental consent? What are the limits of confidentiality in counselling minors? What does informed consent consist of in working with minors?). Please use CCPA (Canadian Counselling psychology association codes if needed) and a valid reference.

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Legal & Ethical Concerns: Dealing with Minors

According to Brooks (1999), there are 2 questions that people dealing with minors must grapple with - Can they take on the minor into a program without obtaining the consent of a parent or a guardian and can the counselors or experts communicate about the issues, treatment and situation of the minor without violating ethical and legal (i.e. confidentiality) regulations protecting information about and welfare of the minor. What the answers, according to Brooks, ultimately result to are complex and particular to each case although there are similarities across the type of cases and issues that govern the range of 'adolescent' clinical, ethical and legal considerations. Ultimately, since they are not of legal age - their welfare is of the utmost concern and dealing with them means being aware of the limitations and regulations in place designed to protect their welfare. Outside of the fundamental principles that must be practiced - true expertise, work treated as a vocation, ensuring subjectivity of client experience, non-judgmental environment that honours client views, beliefs, ideas & goals within a setting that practice boundaries to client-counsellor relationship ensuring beneficence and nonmaleficence, fidelity, responsibility and integrity - another key element to dealing with minors ethically and responsibly is making sure that whatever treatment or activities they will be put through - outside of parental consent, they must also be allowed to give their assent after it was fully explained to them in terms they can understand what they have to do and what they can expect.

Informed Consent

As above, children are not of legal age (and are thus considered to not be able, from a legal and ethical point to decide for themselves) which makes it standard practice to have parents and legal ...

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The ethical and legal issues when working with children and adolescents is provided.

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