Practice guidelines & policy documents

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Please note: All documents below are PDF.

Guidance document on the management
of disclosures of non-recent (historic) child sexual abuse

Description: Guidance for practitioner psychologists who are concerned about how to respond to client disclosures of non-recent sexual abuse during assessment or therapeutic work.
Author: British Psychological Society
Publication Date: May 2016
Size: 485KB, 36 pages

Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Guidance for Chartered Psychologists Working with Children and Young People 

In review.  Contact Policy Team.

Career Support and Development

Description: A reference leaflet for professional psychologists including information on employment support provided by the society, legal requirements for practice, unions and more. A hard copy is also available, please contact the policy team.
Author: Professional Practice Board
Publication Date: May 2016
Size: 35KB; 8 pages

Access to Sexually Explicity Illegal material for the Purpose of Assessment, Intervention and Research

Description: Guidance for psychologists on the issues of accessing sexually explicit materials for research purposes, risk assessment and intervention with offenders, and to protect psychologists whose legitimate duties expose them by necessity to potentially illegal materials.
Author: Professional Practic Board
Publication Date: May 2016
Size: 123KB, 15 pages 

 

Psychologists as expert witnesses in the Family Courts in England and Wales: Standards, competencies and expectations

Description: Companion document for psychologists to the generic expert witness standards, prepared by the Family Justice Council and the British Psychological Society. The guidance provides information to all stakeholders regarding the use of psychologists as expert witnesses and provides discipline specific information in relation to regulation, codes of conduct, competencies, supervision/peer review and quality of service.
Author: Professional Practice Board and Family Justice Council
Publication Date: January 2016
Size: 33 pages

Child Protection Position Paper (2nd edition)

Description: Safeguarding children and young people from abuse, harm and neglect – the responsibilities of Chartered Psychologists.
Author: Professional Practice Board
Publication date: 2014
Size: 180KB; 23 pages

Psychology Concise Guide for Stroke Description: This concise guide contains selected recommendations from the National Clinical Guideline for Stroke, 3rd Edition.
Author: Royal College of Physicians
Publication date: 2008
Size: 59KB; 4 pages
Database of Disaster Resources 

Description: Helps psychologists gain access to relevant resources in their work with those psychologically affected by disasters and other major incidents.
Author: Disasters, Crisis and Trauma Working Party
Publication date: 2015
Size: 28 pages

Guidelines and Literature Review for Psychologists Working Therapeutically with Sexual and Gender Minority Clients

Description: Guidance for applied psychologists in their work with sexual and gender minority clients.
Author: Professional Practice Board
Publication date: 2012
Size: 362KB; 100 pages

Guidelines on the use of Electronic Health Records

Description: The guidance discusses the professional, ethical and legal responsibilities of members contributing to electronic health records which are being implemented in the NHS and other organisations. 
Author: Professional Practice Board
Publication date: 2011
Size: 175kb; 12 pages

Obesity in the UK: A psychological perspective

Description: Good practice guidelines related to physical activity, weight-loss surgery, pharmological interventions, applied psychology and obesity management and psychological interventions.
Author: Professional Practice Board
Publication date: 2011
Size: 489.6KB; 84 pages

 

For the NICE guidelines visit National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence.

Companion document for psychologists to the generic expert witness standards, prepared by the Family Justice Council and the British Psychological Society. The guidance provides information to all stakeholders regarding the use of psychologists as expert witnesses and provides discipline specific information in relation to regulation, codes of conduct, competencies, supervision/peer review and quality of service.