Relate enters recruitment

06-04-2005

New agency aims to block sex therapists. Relationship support group Relate has launched a recruitment agency for the talking therapies industry to crack down on bogus �sexperts�.

The new organisation, Relate Recruitment Network, will provide staff to charities, NHS trusts, schools and prisons.

The new company based in Edgbaston, Birmingham, will aim to provide workers trained in counselling. The importance of such services can currently be seen in TV�s Bree Van De Kamp in the Channel 4 show Desperate Housewives (pictured).

Psychotherapists, school and college counsellors, family therapists and art and drama therapists are also set to be targeted.

Sue Tuckwell, a Relate counsellor for more than 20 years, said the new company would help address the problem of a lack of regulation.

�People can set themselves up as �sexperts� and relationship gurus with little or no professional qualifications,� said Tuckwell. �The range of qualifications out there can be a minefield.�

The technical operation will be supplied by Network Recruitment Partnership, a division of Pertemps specialising in public sector and senior-level recruitment, while Relate will offer advice and training.

Ken Wood, director of Relate Recruitment Network, said: �With an ever-increasing number of organisations incorporating access to counselling services as part of their duty-of-care commitment to staff, this is an important resource for business, charities and the public sector.�

Domenic Donatantonio

RECRUITER

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