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|Guidance on teaching and assessment of ethical competence in psychology education|
Description: This guidance is designed to provide a framework for good practice in the teaching and assessment of ethical competence in psychology education.
Author: The British Psychological Society Ethics Committee
Publication date: 2015
Size: 40 pages
|Children and Young People with Neuro-Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System|
Description: This purpose statement details the Society's views on children and young people with neuro-disabilities coming into contact with the criminal justice system.
Author: The British Psychological Society
Publication date: 2015
Size: 12 pages
|Diagnosis - Policy and Guidance||Description: Outlines the Society's policy on mental and behavioural disorder classification systems|
Author: Professional Practice Board
Publication date: 2013
Size: 103KB; 3 pages
Description: British Psychological Society position statement opposing sexual orientation conversion therapies.
|Data Protection Act 1998 – Guidelines for Psychologists|
Description: A brief explanation of the requirements of the DPA (1998) based on the contents of the Act and Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) advice
|Discussion Paper - Neuroethics and British Psychological Society Research Ethics Code|
Description: The aim of this paper is to generate dialogue around the potential neuroethical risks that society members may encounter during their research and recommend potential avenues to alleviate such risk.
Description: The Psychology Network, the British Psychological Society and the Association of Heads of Psychology discuss whether changes in undergraduate psychology education will be needed to ensure that it is fit for purpose in five years time.
|Human Rights Policy Statement|
Description: British Psychological Society statement on the European Community Charter of Fundamental Rights and the UK Human Rights Act
|Psychological Health and Well-being Policy Statement|
Description: British Psychological Society statement on the ‘Foresight Report’ on mental capital
|Psychological Well-being and the Economic Crisis Policy Statement|
Description: British Psychological Society statement on psychological well-being and the economic crisis
|Society Editorial Style Guide|
Description: A guide for authors, editors, and members involved in producing written material for publication by the Society. Includes section on citation of sources
|Statement on the Conduct of Psychologists providing Expert Psychometric Evidence to Courts and Lawyers|
Description: Guidance to psychologists and other users of psychological tests concerning obligations when providing evidence or opinion which rests on the results of that psychometric testing
|The Future of A-level Psychology|
Description: Examining the future of the psychology A Level, this document is split into five sections: Preparing students for higher education; Perceptions of A-level Psychology; Variability in current A-level curricula; Practical work; and Building the community of psychologists involved psychology education.
|Psychologists as Expert Witnesses - Guidelines and Procedures for England, Wales and Northern Ireland|
Description: A guide for psychologists on acting as an expert witness covering both ethical principles and practicalities.
|Guidelines on Memory and the Law, Revised April 2010|
Description: The Society is minded to ensure that legal professionals and the courts are appropriately advised as to the type of evidence-based psychological expert evidence than can be provided and whom is appropriately competent to provide such advice. Please therefore note that since the publication of this report, the Society’s guidance for psychologists as expert witnesses is being updated in conjunction with a broader review of what is mean by an “expert witness”. The content of this document is therefore now subject to change.
|Declaration Concerning Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment|
Description: The Society condemns torture wherever it occurs, and supports the United Nations Declaration and Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. We further condemn the misuse of psychological knowledge and techniques in the design and enactment of torture.
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