Professional boundaries

Support workers need to establish a friendly, one to one rapport with service users and provide safe, effective, accessible, and caring services which maximise the potential for service users to achieve their aspirations as well as to meet their basic needs. They are however also responsible for establishing and maintaining appropriate boundaries between themselves and service users in a way which separates supportive approaches from inappropriate relationships. Support workers therefore need to understand the boundaries that need to exist between the worker and service user.

Our good practice guide covers:

  • The role of boundaries
  • Codes of conduct and organisational policies
  • Managing boundary issues

It also includes good practice examples and a handy checklist as well as signposting you to other sources of useful information.

Click here to go to our Professional Boundaries good practice guide.