Principles:  What the Clinic does and what we believe


The Clinic for Boundaries Studies aims to be a centre of expertise on all aspects of professional boundaries and boundary violations.

It provides specialist support services for the public alongside training and professional development services for practitioners.  It is also involved in research and acts as a consultant to organisations wishing to develop policy and practice around professional boundaries.

The Clinic is committed to evidence based practice and develops its work according to research evidence, feedback from people who use our services and the experience of our clinicians.

The Clinic’s values are accountability, transparency and respect and we intend that all our services will be informed by these values. 

We value the experience of people who have been harmed by boundary violations, and the experience of practitioners, and believe that we can also learn from those who have themselves transgressed boundaries. 

We believe that some practitioners who have violated boundaries will never be safe enough to work with the public in a professional role; we also believe that some have the capacity to be successfully rehabilitated, alongside their professional accountabilities.

We recognise that anyone can become a victim of professional abuse, just as anyone can become a perpetrator. 

We encourage the inherent strengths of survivors and we acknowledge that the after effects of abuse may take some time to overcome.

We are committed to providing services which meet the needs of our clients and will develop new approaches as new needs are identified. 

We are positive about partnership working and have strong relationships with service providers, regulators and professional associations.

We are primarily a service provider, but we also aim to be influential in the development of policy and practice and use our experience to inform this.

We believe in the public right to seek redress when harm has been caused and that participation in accountability processes can be a crucial part of rehabilitation for practitioners.

We understand that regulatory and legal processes do not often provide all the answers that people need and we believe in additional ways of taking action, such as facilitated dialogue and restorative justice.

We believe that sometimes problems come up through miscommunication, rather than misconduct.

We believe that early full disclosure, apology and redress reduce the likelihood of expensive litigation.

We believe in accountability and transparency, and believe that these values are important for everyone working in positions of trust with the public.

In rare cases there are unfounded claims of professional misconduct and we do not provide a service where we are aware of this.

We know that some people should not work with the public in trusted roles; we also believe that people are capable of change and that, for some, rehabilitation is possible.