chapter  11
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Fitness to practise

WithNICOLA BARDEN, RUTH CALEB

There is an expectation that those in the business of helping others should be fit to perform their professional task. Therapy1 is no exception. Whether the therapist is a volunteer, in training or fully qualified with many years of experience, they must be able to perform their role, so that those they support can have reasonable confidence in the ‘treatment’ they will receive. If a client has been offered therapy, then they are entitled to assume that they will receive this – regardless of the status of the practitioner in terms of experience or level of training. No allowance is made for personal difficulties in relation to the amount of care and skill that a client can expect.