Are parents always told?
Some teenagers contact us themselves. Most often in such cases we'd also like contact with the parents, but sometimes the adolescent doesn't want this. The law says that we must make a decision on a case-by-case basis. The possibility to refrain from contacting the parents increases the older the teenager is and if the problem isn't a serious psychological disorder, such as depression with a risk of suicide.
If there's a strongly antagonistic relationship between the child and the parents, and the child in some way would be harmed if the parents found out about the child's contact with BUP, there's also the possibility of confidentiality in respect of the parents.
Even if the parents know that their child is receiving treatment at BUP, they don't need to know what's said during the sessions. Agreement is usually reached between the adolescent, the parents and the therapist on how to deal with this situation.