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This Policy outlines the basis on which the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (‘BABCP’) will consult with its Members (as defined in BABCP’s Articles of Association (‘Articles’)) (‘Members’) about its policies, policy guidance and services (and any changes to the same) (‘Activities’).
BABCP wishes to achieve professional, respectful and constructive engagement with its Members. The purpose of BABCP consulting with its Members is so as to achieve continuous improvement of its Activities by ensuring that they meet the wants and needs of those to whom they relate.
BABCP shall retain the discretion as to when it deems it appropriate to consult with its Members and the scope of that consultation. However, as balancing BABCP’s objectives with those of its Members is important it has established this Policy. Examples of when consultation may be carried out include:
Furthermore, BABCP may carry out consultations with the Members as part of its conducting of an ‘Impact and Needs Assessment’, to establish how certain groups may be affected by its activities and in particular whether any would be prejudiced in a negative way.
Consultation is only one element of/level at which Members may participate in the activities of BABCP but the most important as an in-depth way in which the interaction between the two takes place. Put simply, BABCP sees consultation as the process by which its Members provide it with feedback/information on a given proposal thereby enabling it to use such information as part of an informed decision-making process.
Consultation may take whichever form BABCP deems most appropriate in the circumstances. For example, BABCP may require feedback on:
In commissioning this Policy, BABCP has identified the following as beneficial reasons to support why it should carry out consultations:
In summary, having consulted and taken the views of its Members shall enable BABCP to make decisions which are transparent and evidence-based. As well as dealing with the Activities, this will also provide input into:
This Policy outlines the guiding principles of how BABCP will consult and whilst not being completely exhaustive, thus enabling BABCP to modify and adapt its approach to specific Activities and circumstances it does outline the:
Once BABCP has identified a need to carry out a consultation and determined the level of consultation required it shall apply the most relevant techniques available to it to achieve the desired outcome. Whilst specific and unique techniques will be applied to certain circumstances, there are some features which are common to all consultations.
In advance of commencing with a consultation, BABCP shall produce a Consultation Paper to issue to the Members. Amongst other things the Consultation Paper shall include and specify:
Notwithstanding the completion of any consultation and/or a decision being made on a particular matter thereafter, BABCP reserves the right to repeat a consultation or to carry out consultation on a different level or independent basis including outsourcing the same.
Ensuring that the consultation process is carried out effectively is of paramount importance to BABCP as this will enable it to make sure that any decisions which are subsequently made are based on reliable and justifiable feedback and information. BABCP’s view is that poor consultation leading to a bad decision is much more damaging that not consulting its Members at all.
BABCP’s desired outcome is to broaden the involvement of Members in its Activities and provide an effective medium for their voices to be heard. Accordingly, its desired outcomes are:
An important element of the consultation process is managing the expectations of Members. This involves carrying out the process in line with the Key Principles referred to above but also:
follow feedback or make decisions accordingly;
provide them with details of any of the feedback received during a consultation process;
BABCP consults in order to gather the full span of views on a particular issue and to establish the substantive points and concerns of Members. Due to the fact that certain issues can be contentious and potentially controversial, BABCP does not as a matter of course, communicate consultation feedback and information.
For these same reasons and so as to mitigate the potential for disputes to arise in future (both between BABCP and its Members and amongst Members), BABCP is unable to act upon or in reliance upon all of the feedback received but where it deems it appropriate, may use this as the basis of further consultations in future. Alternatively, BABCP may use feedback and information gathered from Members to produce a ‘Key Findings Report’.
This is version 1 of the Policy, adopted on 22 November 2018 when it was registered in the ‘BABCP Policy Schedule’. For the avoidance of doubt, this Policy has not been implemented on the basis of any legal requirements imposed upon BABCP and takes the form of a policy implemented accordance with Article 26 of the Articles.
This Policy shall be regularly reviewed by BABCP to ensure that it remains relevant and up-to-date and may be altered, added to or repealed in accordance with Article 26 of the Articles.