Confidentiality and Consent in Guidance in Schools

The purpose of this resource is to outline how information about other people should be treated by those who learn and work in schools.

The resource outlines the meaning and importance of confidentiality for those who learn and work in schools. Some suggestions are made to help schools to clarify how information is treated and to enable school staff to develop relevant policies in that regard. Although particular reference is made to confidentiality in the work of the guidance counsellor, emphasis is placed on the adoption of a whole-school approach to the issues.

The resource includes information on:

  • Confidentiality in schools
  • Confidentiality and the Guidance Counsellor
  • Confidentiality policy for students under and over 18 years of age
  • Consent/informed consent

The resource also includes a number of relevant documents and further information. This resource is available for download at the end of this page

The following template documents on confidentiality and consent may also be of use to your school:

Confidentiality and Consent Checklist for Schools

Sample Consent Form to Attend Confidential One-to-one Guidance Sessions

Sample School Confidentiality Policy

Please feel free to adapt these templates to suit your school's needs. The templates can be downloaded and saved to your desktop.


Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Date for Review: 
Saturday, April 3, 2021

NCGE and Colum Layton

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