An employment Tribunal has decided that four counsellors engaged within our counselling service could be classified as workers and not self-employed counsellors.
Our self-employed counselling service is a model used by many counselling and support organisations. The area of law, which is the status of self-employed individuals, is one that is currently in flux which is leading to rapid changes in how self-employed people are viewed.
However, prior to the judgment, we had already begun to consider how we engage those who are not Solace employees, including our counsellors. The decision will not change our review but will aid how we engage with counsellors in the future.
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SOLACE is a leading specialist charity in the UK supporting women and children experiencing domestic abuse and sexual violence. Whatever form violence comes in, from rape to trafficking to relationships based on psychological or financial control, we work to end it. We know that escaping the effects of violence can be the hardest thing to ever do. That’s why the lifesaving support that Solace provides to 30,000 women, children, and young people each year is so important.