Child Safeguarding information sharing
Information sharing is key to delivering better, more efficient services that are coordinated around the needs of the individual. It is essential to enable early intervention and preventative work, for safeguarding and promoting welfare and for wider public protection. Information sharing is a vital element in improving outcomes for all.
Why is there a need for guidance on information sharing?
Many practitioners recognise the importance of information sharing and there is much good practice. However, in some situations they feel constrained from sharing information by uncertainty about when they can do lawfully. This is especially in early intervention and preventative work where information sharing decisions may be less clear than in safeguarding or child protection situations.
It is important that people remain confident that their personal information is kept safe and secure and that practitioners maintain the privacy rights of the individual whilst sharing information to deliver better services.
It is important that practitioners understand when, why and how they should share information so that they can do so confidently and appropriately as part of their day-to-day practice.
For those who have to make decisions about information sharing on a case-by-case basis, the information sharing guidance and associated materials aim to support good practice in information sharing by offering clarity on when and how information can be shared legally and professionally, in order to achieve improved outcomes. Cross-Government guidance has been developed by the DCSF in partnership with the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) and in consultation with a range of practitioners, national organisations and representative bodies. It is based on and supersedes the HM Government guidance, first published in April 2006 for further information access, Information sharing: guidance for practitioners and managers
Seven golden rules for information sharing
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