Providence Row to be heard.
The Sub Committee received a presentation from Providence Row on its outreach psychotherapy service.
It was noted that clients sometimes discuss sexual abuse with the service. It was queried whether Providence Row would contact the local police in relation to incidents that might meet the threshold for criminal investigation. The Sub Committee was informed that the service was confidential, but that their psychotherapists would always break confidentiality if there was a safeguarding issue. The Sub Committee was also informed that if the client wished to report any abuse then the psychotherapist would support them through this process.
In response to a question, Members were informed that the service offered a total of 24 sessions. Providence Row stated that if the client required long term psychotherapy, then they would ensure that the client was referred to the appropriate service. It was noted that clients could be referred to the service multiple times.
In response to another question, Members were informed that all psychotherapists were at capacity and that new referrals were being added to a waiting list. Members were also informed that Providence Row were exploring expanding the service into other boroughs. It was noted that the service was recruiting for a fourth psychotherapist.
RESOLVED – That the presentation be noted.