Updated advice issued on information sharing for people who provide safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers.

The Department for Education has recently issued updated advice. This advice replaces ‘Information sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services (2015)’. It is for practitioners and senior managers – to help you to decide when and how to share personal information legally and professionally.

It includes information about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – highlighting that it has not created any barriers to justified information sharing – it has simply joined the wider framework of law (the Data Protection Act 2018 and human rights legislation) to ensure that personal information about living individuals is shared appropriately.

Information sharing is essential for effective safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. It is a key factor identified in many serious case reviews (SCRs), where poor information sharing has resulted in missed opportunities to take action that keeps children and young people safe.

Page four of the guidance also includes an updated ‘The seven golden rules to information sharing’ which now includes references to the GDPR.

Download the advice: Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners

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