UK guidance counselors are gaining a new qualification for the first time, as employers are increasingly relying on them to help staff on the job and to help people navigate the system.
In a statement issued by the government on Tuesday, the Ministry of Justice said guidance counselors will now be able to “provide guidance on legal matters that require the assistance of a solicitor.”
“We are confident that guidance counselors, like other staff members, will continue to be able access the right legal advice and information to help them navigate the UK legal system.”
However, guidance counselors have been at the forefront of legal changes in the UK, with the number of legal guidance counselors in use at the beginning of the year rising to over 1,000.
This figure represents a 10% increase from 2015.
The Ministry of Health and Social Care, which is responsible for guidance counselors’ working conditions, also confirmed that guidance counselor employment will be affected by the changes.
“In light of the guidance counselor changes announced on Tuesday (July 6), the Ministry is taking action to improve the safety of guidance counselors.
As guidance counselors do not currently have a statutory role in the NHS, they will no longer be able hold their current roles in their NHS training and the health and social care service, the health secretary said.”
We have taken the decision to change guidance counselors from a statutory position to a voluntary role, which means that they can continue to hold their existing roles in the health service and the NHS and will be able continue to work on behalf of the public and on behalf the NHS.
“The ministry said guidance counselor training and education in the future will “require guidance counselors to continue to demonstrate the ability to work in the public sector as a specialist and also as a part of a team.
“In a press release issued on Tuesday by the Ministry, the government said the changes would help “help ensure that guidance and information is provided to those in need of advice, and provide an alternative to the adversarial legal process for those who may be unable to get legal advice.
“The changes come after an increase in the number who are seeking guidance counselors for legal work, with nearly 1,100 job vacancies opened.
However, the ministry stressed that it is not providing the legal support required for the guidance counselors who do apply.”
If you are considering applying for guidance to work as a guidance counselor, please be aware that guidance counseling will not be required,” it said.
In the meantime, the UK is also planning to create a new statutory role for guidance counsel in the next Parliament.