An ACP Disciplinary Committee shall have the power to impose the following penalties for those members who have been found to have breached the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics. The nature of penalty will be commensurate with the offence committed.

  1. To expel the member from the Association;
  2. To suspend the member from membership of the Association for a specified period of up to 3 years;
  3. To require that the member continue in membership or continue in practice subject to conditions to be specified for a period to be specified. Conditions may include requirements as to personal health, further training and conditions, restrictions and requirements regarding the member’s participation in the activities of the Association (e.g. attendance at specified meetings or holding office or membership of committees and sub-committees);
  4. The member be formally warned in writing as to matters specified; and
  5. That the member be formally advised and/or counselled in writing as to matters specified.


Members who have been sanctioned

Mrs Amanda Rabin has been found to be in breach of the Association’s Professional Code of Practice, specifically in relation to:

  1. Para 2.4 of the Code (established an inappropriate relationship in the context of therapeutic treatment);
  2. Para 7.1 of the Code (Engaged in conduct that might cause serious damage to the standing of the profession of child psychotherapy);
  3. Para 7.2.2 of the Code (acted in a way which has compromised or may compromise the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult to the extent that public confidence in the profession of child psychotherapy is likely to be undermined).

The Disciplinary Panel of the ACP’s Ethical Practice Group has imposed the following sanctions:

  1. That the Member be suspended from the ACP for a period of 4 months i.e. from 02 January 2020 until 02 May 2020;
  2. The Member should undertake to receive supervision, with a supervisor to be nominated by the ACP, who is aware of the breaches of the Code, and who will give a six monthly report to the Chair of the Ethical Practice Group; supervision will last for a minimum of 36 sessions with this nominated supervisor or another nominated by the ACP;
  3. That the Member undertake personal analysis for a minimum period of 3 years with an analyst agreed by the ACP, who will confirm in writing that analysis has been undertaken and completed.
Ms Marie Bradley has been found to have breached the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics in relation to Section 4.5 & 4.6 which are concerned with Consent to share information:
4.5 Obtaining consent to disclosure of information, even to professional and/or other persons who will be collaborating with the Member in his/her professional relationship with the patient, is the normal course.
4.6 Members must maintain confidentiality.
The Disciplinary Panel of the ACP's Ethical practice Group have imposed the following sanction:
Dr Bradley is expected to engage with specialist supervision to address the issues raised in the breach.