Your data is stored by the National Counselling Society (NCS) within the provisions of the Data Protection Act.

The NCS does not share your data with any third parties under any circumstances, unless required to do so by a Court Order.

The NCS may use your contact data to communicate with you direct for important information salient to membership and course provision and to advise you of new products and services. You may opt out of receiving communications from the NCS at any time.

Personal information which you share with the NCS as part of your membership applications or course processes - for example, personal disclosures as part of your personal development or as part of therapeutic training – are treated in the strictest confidence. This means that the NCS will not disclose any such materials unless required by a Court Order or unless such materials provide evidence of criminality, or potential or actual harm to yourself, another person, or to NCS staff.

For the avoidance of doubt, in their supervisory capacity, officers of the NCS or their designated professionals may be asked by your tutor to view your course material in the interest of furthering or expediting your course progress or if your tutor raises any concerns about your work, and may be asked by membership staff to review your application for membership or upgrade of membership.

Information you provide to the NCS as part of your membership application or course process will normally be retained in accordance with the Data Protection Act and destroyed a certain amount of time after your course or membership lapses.