As a registered charity and company limited by guarantee, we are aware of our obligations around governance to ensure our activities are ethical and adhere to current legal and financial frameworks.
To ensure this, we have a trustee board in place that have the necessary management skills and expertise. With the introduction of a new business strategy, the trustees are currently going through a period of recruitment that reflects the changing structure and skills required to carry out their work. This includes a greater focus on digital marketing skills, and establishing a number of ambassadors with lived experience to raise awareness of our work.
If you are interested in finding out more about joining our trustee board, go to the recruitment page.
Leading the organisation are Lucy Hughes and Melanie Barnard who job share the CEO role. Both are experienced therapists and voluntary sector managers.
They oversee a highly competent and professional team of practitioners. As well as creating appropriate services for the clients, they place an equal importance on creating a sensitive and supportive environment for the practitioners. Clinical supervision is provided on a weekly basis and they have team meetings regularly to discuss any issues, update on strategic developments and ensure the health and wellbeing of the team is in check.
At the frontline of the organisation is a mixed-gender team of competent professionals delivering counselling and therapeutic groups. All of the Mankind clinical team are qualified practitioners, highly competent in this field, and with extensive trauma-informed experience of working with men and the particular issues involved in men’s experience of unwanted sexual contact. We do not use placement counsellors in training.
The clinical team is employed and part of the organisations research, analysis and decision making process in implementing appropriate services for men. The organisation is a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and our clinical team always practice in an ethical and professional manner consistent with the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions (2018) set out by BACP.
The clinical team are all required to attend clinical supervision which serves the interests of both client and practitioner. As they interact directly with clients, the clinical team also undergo ‘enhanced’ DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – the replacement for the older CRB checks). All non-clinical staff undergo the ‘basic’ DBS check to ensure everyone’s safety.
Supervision protects clients by involving an impartial third party in the work of a counsellor and client, helping to reduce the risk of serious oversight and helping the counsellor concerned to reflect on their own feelings, thoughts, behaviour and general approach with the client.
These opportunities to reflect on how they relate to the client, as well as to garner insights from the perspective of another therapist, also help the counsellor to improve the value they are providing to their clients.
Client confidentiality is preserved in supervision as individual identifying information does not need to be revealed, just the themes that the client presents. Information shared in supervision is also protected under the Mankind Confidentiality Policy.