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All professionals who work with children and young people, parents and carers should know how and when to share information. This includes sharing data about adults if it is about safeguarding a child. All information sharing must meet the Data Protection Act 1998.
Caldicott principles relate to all health and social care organisations and each organisation should have internal guidance. It is important that all professionals are aware of the guidance and know who their Caldicott Guardian is. Agencies should provide relevant training and updates for all staff on information sharing.
You can use these tips to help you decide when to share confidential information.
Professionals working with children, parents or adults in contact with children, should always share information with children's social care where you suspect that a child may be suffering, or is at risk, of significant harm. Sharing information under these circumstances is in the public interest.
Child protection is successful when agencies work well together and share information. These guides and resources can help you do that.
Local information sharing protocols for specific purposes: