Hampshire Children's Trust

Information sharing and confidentiality policy

Introduction

It is imperative that practitioners working with children and young people share information when it is in the interests of the child/young person to do so. This policy underpins the work of the Hampshire Children’s Trust and the national Children’s Plan.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1991)

Article 3 all organisations concerned with children should work towards what is best for each child.

Article 12 children have the right to say what they think should happen when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account.

Article 13 children have the right to get and to share information, as long as the information is not damaging to them or to others.

Article 16 children have a right to privacy. The law should protect them from attacks against their way of life, their good name, their families and their homes.

 

This publication provides practical advice and aims to ensure that any concerns practitioners have about maintaining confidentiality do not prevent justifiable information sharing.

This policy has been approved for staff working with children and young people accessing Hampshire County Council services such as education, early years, social care and youth support. It also covers joint working arrangements between the various local authorities, health and voluntary organisations and is endorsed by the Hampshire Children’sTrust. It supports the Every child matters agenda and Hampshire’s Children and Young People’s Plan 2009 – 2012: www.hants.gov.uk/childrens-services/about-cs/cypp.htm .

This publication is formulated in light of a number of recent developments, such as:

  • the decision to raise the age for leaving education/ training to 18 years of age and the associated 14 to 19 agenda

  • the transfer of responsibility for education/training until the age 18 (Year 13) from the Learning and Skills Council to local authorities

  • the Mental Capacity Act changes which came into force during October 2007

  • updated Common Assessment Framework guidance

  • the issue of revised national guidance.

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