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Brighton & Hove LSCB Information Sharing Guidance

Sharing information at the right time, with the right people, is key to keeping children & young people safe from harm. All professionals who work with children & families must understand the purpose of information sharing in order to safeguard and promote children’s welfare. They must have a clear understanding of what information can be shared within the relevant legal frameworks and we ask that all our Board Partners to ensure they have information sharing protocols in place, which include how to obtain consent to share.

For more information about Information Sharing in the city view the Pan Sussex Safeguarding Procedures. There is the following legislation and guidance on information sharing: (correct as of as of 15th April 2015)

  • The Data Protection Act is the foundation of good information sharing practice. It places duties on organisations and individuals to process personal information fairly and lawfully. The Act is not a barrier to information sharing where a child is at risk.
  • The seven Caldicott principals build on this, setting out the approach to the handling of information to protect patient confidentiality. In order to provide effective care for children, information often needs to be shared beyond the normal boundaries of health and social care services. The seventh Caldicott principle makes clear that the duty to share information can be as important as the duty to protect patient confidentiality.
  • The Information Commissioner’s Office Data Sharing Code of Practice explains how the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) applies to the sharing of personal data. It provides helpful checklists for data sharing and advice on privacy impact assessments and data sharing agreements.
  • In addition, the government has streamlined and simplifed their approach to information sharing, and at the end of March 2015 they published their updated comprehensive package of information sharing guidance:
    • Her Majesty’s Government Working Together to Safeguard Children statutory guidance which spells out the legislative requirements and expectations on individual services to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; and provides a clear framework for Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) to monitor the effectiveness of local services.
    • Information Sharing: Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services is guidance for frontline practitioners and senior managers working with children, young people, parents and carers, who have to make decisions about sharing personal information on a case by case basis. This simplifies current legislation and guidance into six overarching principles, and dispels common information sharing myths.