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Data Protection
Disclosure of information
Legislations and procedures are put into place to protect the welfare of children, schools and childcare settings. Adults who work with children will need to understand about current legislations and familiarise themselves with them. Legislations are reviewed constantly so it is important to keep up to date with reading the relevant publications.
The main points of legislation and procedures covering confidentiality, are that confidential documents/records should only be accessed by the appropriate people, except where a child /pupil is potentially at risk. Information should only be shared if previously agreed, for example, parental consent which involves parents signing a consent form.
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Question 10 Explain the importance of reassuring children, young people and adults of the confidentiality of shared information and the limits of this
It is important to reassure children, young people and adults that any information kept about them is confidential and will only be used when necessary i.e. if a children is deemed to be at risk and that it is their right to privacy to keep it confidential, it should be made clear the reasons the information is collected and for what is will be used for. By reassuring parents and children it can make the situation a positive one in that they will understand the reasons are to ensure their safety at all times.
In circumstances where a child has a health issue such as asthma or allergies then all staff should be made aware, so to keep the child safe.
If a child/pupil discloses information to an adult in school that is of a serious nature, then the child should be made aware that the information given will need to be shared to protect them. If the school believes a child/pupil is at risk of serious harm then the confidential information will need to be shared with external professionals, such as police, social services, and other
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