2.3 Sharing information with family members about other adults and the risk they may pose
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Working Together 2018 states that “practitioners should be alert to sharing important information about any adults with whom that child has contact, which may impact the child’s safety or welfare.”
It is important that professionals consider whether relevant information should be shared not just with other practitioners, but also with anyone else with caring responsibilities for a child who needs to know the information to help them to take good decisions about how to keep that child safe. This applies even in cases where information about an adult would normally be regarded as confidential.
The need to keep a child safe will usually override considerations about the right of the adult who is the subject of the information to have their information treated as confidential. It is also important that professionals do not make assumptions about what someone with caring responsibility already knows.
Being proactive in ensuring that they know what they need to know in order to keep the child safe is essential.
Sharing information with family members about other adults and the risk they may pose
Where professionals believe they need to share information about an adult with a child’s parent/ carer they should consider:
DPA (2018) Part 6, 170 1) (a) states that ‘it is an offence for a person knowingly or recklessly to … disclose personal data without the consent of the controller’ (which would be agency sharing the information.) https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2018/12/section/170/enacted
Where information needs to be shared in order to protect a child, it should be shared as soon as possible and in all cases within one working day.
When information has been shared in this way with a third party, professionals must: