Confidentiality, professional ethics and client's safety are of primary importance in counseling relationships. Anything discussed between the clients and their counselor is kept private and strictly confidential. No one need know you are even seeing a counselor. A release of information must be signed by a client as a written consent before any information is released to others, including an employer. A client's situation may be discussed with other counselors during the consultation, however, no identifying information will be revealed for safety. In certain situations, there are some exceptions to this: child maltreatment, child abuse, and child neglect, criminal offenses, or risks to self or others must be reported. In such a situation, social workers or counselors report to the appropriate authority and must comply with providing information to the court.