Essay on Confidentiality in Building and Sustaining Relationships

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The Data collected may be passed onto interested parties but this must be only the appropriate information. Schools hold lots of information about pupils, staff and parents.

Confidentiality

A key component for relationship building and sustaining relationships is confidentiality. Confidentiality in any workplace is of utmost importance. It is an important right for every individual.
Confidentiality creates trust, respect and shows sensitivity. These qualities are especially important in school as parents, staff and children need to feel safe and secure. Safety and security can only occur where trust, respect and sensitivity are present. Individuals may not feel valued or able to hold their self esteem if private
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Appropriate technical and organisational measures shall be taken against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data;

8. Personal data shall not be transferred to a country or territory outside the European Economic Area unless that country or territory ensures an adequate level of protection for the rights and freedoms of data subjects in relation to the processing of personal data.

The Data Protection Act describes personal data as facts and opinions about an individual. The information stored about people must be absolutely necessary and in context with the information required.
The data must only be kept as long as necessary and then destroyed.
The means of destroying could be a paper shredder or burning to ensure the information does not fall into the wrong hands. All paper based information must be kept under lock and key which would be held by staff with the authority to see the information. Information stored on computer systems must be password protected again only people with authorisation should know the password. Back ups of this information should be kept in case of fire. The backups being kept on separate premises, again under lock or key or password protected.

Much information today is sent by fax, the fax’s should only be sent
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