Safe Practise

Ethical and Safeguarding Considerations

All of our tutors are:

  • Registered members of either the BACP &/or UKCP and adhere to their respective professional ethical framework for good practice.
  • DBS / CRB cleared and renewed as required. CPTA actively promotes the principles of the BACP Ethical Framework as an integral part or their counselling and training courses.

CPTA holds its own code of conduct, grievance and disciplinary policy.


A reference is required for all external applicants new to CPTA courses. The reference must be from an employer, tutor, or from a professional person to briefly comment on your suitability for the course. For internal progressing applicants from our courses we require a tutor reference of recommendation.

Suitability of Candidates

In the interests of ethical practice and safety, we require that candidates are of suitable emotional and psychological stability to undertake any of these courses.

Should the interviewer have concerns about your emotional readiness, further information may be required (with your informed consent) from a professional who has been involved in your health and well-being such as a counsellor, psychotherapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, senior health worker, general practitioner, occupational health assessor or other specialist.

CRB / DBS Clearance

Applicants must declare whether they have any criminal convictions or any pending criminal proceedings. For course Levels 4 and 5 a full DBS application would usually be carried out by your placement agency or workplace.


For Levels 4, 5 & 6, you are required to either arrange your own insurance or check that you are covered by your placement agency insurance policy.