There has been a lot of debate and discussion about the appropriate role of career professionals in relation to the wide range of other people who can help people with their careers. We have worked to produce a briefing note which tries to explain the recent history of the careers profession, how the professional connects with other important roles which relate to careers and what the role and competencies of the careers professional are.
I hope that it will be useful.
Hooley, T., Johnson, C. and Neary, S. (2016). Professionalism in Careers. Careers England and the Career Development Institute.