Ethical Framework

Ethics Fit To Practice - Practitioners have a responsibility to monitor and maintain their fitness to practise at a level that enables them to provide an effective service.

Ethics Good Practice - PTUK & PTI are committed to sustaining and advancing good practice.

Ethics Research - All practitioners are encouraged to support research undertaken on behalf of the profession and to participate actively in research work to provide practice based evidence.

Ethics Resp S All Clients - Practitioners have a responsibility to protect clients and carers when they have good reason for believing that other practitioners are placing them at risk of harm.

Ethics Supervision And Management - Practitioners are responsible for clarifying who holds responsibility for the work with the client.

Ethics Teaching and Training - All practitioners are encouraged to share their professional knowledge and practice in order to benefit their clients and the public.

Ethics Go Wrong - Practitioners should respond promptly and appropriately to any complaint received from their clients or carers.

Ethics Values - Values inform principles. They represent an important way of expressing a general ethical commitment that becomes more precisely defined and action-orientated when expressed as a principle.

Ethics Good Quality of Care - Good quality of care requires competently delivered services that meet the client's needs by practitioners who are appropriately supported and accountable.

Ethical Framework - Here are our contents of PTUK's Ethical Framework.

Ethics Working With Colleagues - The increasing availability of Play Therapy and Filial Play means that most practitioners have other practitioners working in their locality, or may be working closely with colleagues within specialised or multidisciplinary teams.

Ethics Probity - Ensuring the probity of practice is important both to those who are directly affected but also to the standing of the profession as a whole.

Ethics Personal Qualities - The practitioner's personal qualities are of the utmost importance to clients. Many of the personal qualities considered important in the provision of services have an ethical or moral component and are therefore considered as virtues or good personal qualities.

Ethics Keep Trust - The practice of play and creative arts therapies depends on gaining and honouring the trust of clients.

Ethics Principles - Principles direct attention to important ethical responsibilities. Each principle is described below and is followed by examples of good practice that have been developed in response to that principle.

Ethics Professional Conduct Procedures - We try to ensure that all PTUK Registrants deliver the highest standards of therapeutic care.

Play Therapy UK Competency Framework

Competencies Use Employers - The PTUK Competency Framework may be used by employers who wish to introduce or are managing therapeutic services for children.

Competencies Use Therapists - The PTUK Competency Framework should be used continually by practitioners.

Competency Profile Filial Play Coach - The competencies listed form the basis of the accredited Certificate in Filial Play Coaching/Mentoring course run by APAC.

Competency Profile Play Therapist - Example of a Competency Profile for a Play Therapist.

CPD - One of the main objectives of PTUK is to ensure the protection of the public and the children in particular, from unsafe and ineffective practice. One of the ways of achieving this is through CPD. A main principle of PTUK is to encourage and support Life Long learning.

PSM - The Profession Structure Model (PSM) builds upon The Therapeutic Play Continuum, embracing a competency framework, to provide detailed guidance for play therapy.

PSM Illustrative Frag - In the illustrative example below a fragment of the model's competency framework sandplay is used as one of many competencies forming the group Working Therapeutically with Children.

Standards - PTUK has, in the past six years led the way in setting standards to ensure high quality of care when play therapy, therapeutic play skills and creative arts therapies are used with children to improve emotional literacy and alleviate behaviour and mental health problems.

CPD Standards - Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is an essential requirement for the revalidation of practitioners on the Professional Standards Authorities Accredited Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists managed by PTUK on behalf of PTI and its affiliated organisations.

Competencies Standard - Private and public sector organisations have been developing and using competencies and competency frameworks for about 20 years.

Competencies List 1 -

Clinical Governance

Play Therapy Dimensions Model - PTUK together with PTI have adopted the PTDM as a standard for good quality play therapy practice and clinical supervision.


Proposed Taxonomy - This proposal follows an article in the Autumn 2009 edition of Play For Life which highlighted the Play Therapy profession’s need for a Taxonomy of Conditions.

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