Introduction to TLC: Talk, Listen, Change

TLC: Talk, Listen, Change is a relationships charity working across Greater Manchester to deliver a range of services which help support safe, healthy, happy relationships. TLC aims to support and help people to have better relationships with; yourself, with your partner, previous partner, relationships between families, friends, school, an employer or within your own community. 

TLC: Talk, Listen, Change works with children, individuals, couples and families, to create safe, happy, healthy relationships, the organisation delivers the following services:

  • Adult Counselling
  • Children & Young People’s Counselling
  • Family Mediation
  • Parenting Courses
  • Psychosexual Therapy
  • Domestic Abuse Services: Striving to Change, Bridging to Change, Partner & Ex-Partner Support, Children's Support
  • The Prevention Alliance: Supporting individuals to make positive changes in their lives and domestic abuse early help & prevention service
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Early Years Support
  • Separated Parents Information Programme
  • STRIVE Volunteer Project

How can TLC help me?

You are working with TLC: Talk, Listen, Change because you have requested support/counselling or you have been referred by a professional you are working with because you have agreed that this could help you. The person who has referred you, should have discussed this with you and gained your agreement to make a referral. This appointment is your first step towards getting support.

Depending on your needs, you may be offered advice and guidance, or you may be allocated a worker/counsellor who will work with you to help you identify what support you would like, what goals you would like to achieve and agree a plan to help you achieve your goals, depending on the service you are accessing.

How will my information be used?

Your worker/counsellor will keep confidential notes about how you are doing and what you have discussed. This information will be held on a database which is only accessible by TLC: Talk, Listen, Change staff. Information is held in order to provide you with help and support, and for feedback on the assistance provided.

Consent & sharing information:

TLC: Talk, Listen, Change requires your consent to hold your information on our systems, this in line with the data protection laws.  We also require your consent to share any information we hold about you (see below for the exceptions to this).

Your information is not shared with other organisations, (unless contractually obliged to do so ie court ordered or social care cases) however there may be occasions when this will happen in order to provide you with the right package of support. We would only do this with your consent, therefore if you agree, we will share agreed information with other services that you are working with in order to get you the right help at the right time. We will also tell other services if your situation changes.  We will always ask you before we share your information with any other service.

Your worker will now ask you to complete a consent form. If you chose not to do this, it may limit the help we can offer. However, it is your choice and you don’t have to share. You can also change your mind at any point later on, which means you may choose to withdraw your consent.  There may be exceptional cases where TLC: Talk, Listen, Change may ethically or legally have to give information to relevant agencies, without your consent, for example, if we had reason to believe that someone, especially a child, is at serious risk of harm.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why have I been referred to TLC?

You have been referred to TLC as you are working with a professional who feels the organisation could offer you some extra support. (you may have referred yourself for support). TLC: Talk, Listen, Change will provide you with a bespoke package of support to support you to reach your identified goals.

Who runs TLC?

TLC is a registered Charity which is run by a Chief Executive Officer, who reports to a Board of Trustees.

Who looks after my information?

TLC: Talk, Listen, Change has policies and procedures in place to ensure your information is kept safe.

I am under 16, can I give consent for TLC to hold and share my information?

If you are under 16, you can give your consent if you are aged 13 years or over and your worker/counsellor is sure that you understand what giving your consent means.

If you are under 13 then your parent or carer (the person who has parental responsibility) for you can sign a consent form on your behalf.

What happens if I don't agree to share my information?

If you do not agree to share your information TLC: Talk, Listen, Change will be unable to work with you safely, therefore we would not be able to allocate you a worker/counsellor but we would still offer you advice and guidance and try and link you to other services that could support you.

Can I change my mind about agreeing for TLC to hold and share my information?

Yes, you can change your mind at any time and tell us/your worker to stop sharing information. We will record you no longer give your consent and the process above will apply.

Which organisations will my information be shared with if I sign the consent form?

Your information will be held on our secure database. We would only share your information with other services/professionals that you may be working with and only with your agreed consent, apart from in exceptional cases as mentioned below.

What about sharing my information with other organisations later on?

We might refer you to some services to help with any issues that you have talked to us about e.g. talking to a housing association to get you additional support with housing issues. To make this work as well as possible we would like to share your information with the organisations who run those services. If we do refer you to another service, we will always ask you before we share your information with them.

How long will you keep my information?

TLC: Talk, Listen, Change will hold your information on our system (paper and electronic data) for a maximum of 7 years if you are an adult. At this time, any information held on our electronic system, will be anonymised and cannot be retrieved in the future and all paper records destroyed.   

If you are a child (under 16 years old) we will hold your information on our system (paper and electronic) for a maximum of 7 years. At this time, any information held on our electronic system, will be anonymised and cannot be retrieved in the future and all paper records destroyed.   

Are there times when you would share my information without my consent?

There could be an occasion where we have to share information without your consent this could be due to the following circumstances:

Crime

Counsellors/therapists/workers do not have to tell the police about crime or answer questions from the police, unless there are specific circumstances. In this case the counsellor has a duty to report/assist in the prevention or detection of a crime, usually this relates to serious offences such as: murder, manslaughter, rape, kidnapping, child abuse or other crime that could result in serious injury to another person. Counsellors/workers would also have to report any acts that could harm the security of the state e.g. terror offences.

Court Orders

A court may order a counsellor/worker/therapist to attend court and bring records/notes with them or produce a report for court. Your consent should be gained wherever possible and you should be able to see a copy of the report or request to see your records.

Safeguarding/Child Protection

If you provide us with information regarding a child or vulnerable adult that may be at risk, we have a duty to share this information. We would always seek to inform you that we are sharing this information, unless it would place a child or adult at further risk.

How can I find out what information you hold about me?

You can contact us and request a Subject Access Request Form, we will then send you information about how you make a request to access information we hold on our system, costs and timescales.

What can I do if I am unhappy or want to put in a complaint? 

If you are unhappy about how we are/have handled your data, you can make a complaint in the first instance to:

The Chief Executive Officer,

TLC: Talk, Listen, Change

346 Chester Road

Manchester

Tel:  0161 872 1100

Or you can contact the Information Commissioners Office at website: https://ico.org.uk  or telephone 0303 123 1113

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