Therapeutic Relationships and Professional Boundaries
Professional boundaries define effective and appropriate interactions between the professional (care/support worker) and the person accessing a service, such as a client. People who are providing support or care to a vulnerable population are required to ensure that they establish boundaries that prevent the relationship from being personal, unethical or unprofessional. This protects both the staff member and the person receiving the care or support from confusion or being put in the position when more is expected than is appropriate in a professional relationship.
Understanding and applying professional boundaries ensures professional standards are maintained and people are supported in a safe, respectful and dignified manner.
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