Explain the Importance of CONFIDENTIALITY AND DATA PROTECTION
Define Data Protection Act 1998
It is a law that protects personal privacy and upholds individuals’ rights.
It applies to anyone who handles or has access to information about individuals. The Act also gives rights to the people the information is about. By law, everyone in the workplace must follow the rules set out in the Act and help protect individuals’ rights.
It is important to maintain confidentiality on a childcare setting in order to respect individuals in your care and their families.
Records that I will need to keep are
Parents’ contact details and emergency contact; like their names, address contact phone number, fees, and hours of care.
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Data protection is a very important piece of legislation that was brought into power in 1998, because it has been designed to prevent confidential and personal information being passed on to other people and any relevant companies without a person’s consent. This also means that any information that is stored of children should be kept in either a password protected or lockable location.
As a childminder, if I stored any personal details about other people on my computer or any digital format (including smartphones and photos on digital cameras), I would probably need to notify the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) that I was a "data controller" for data protection purposes.
The ICO is the UK's independent public body set up to promote access to official information and protect personal information. The ICO enforces and oversees the Data Protection Act 1998.
Since 2008, as part of the Early Years Foundation Stage, childminders in England have been expected to keep more detailed records about individual children’s development and it is likely that if you keep these on a computer, you will need to register as a Data Controller with the ICO. If you are in any doubt about whether you will need to register,
The Importance Of Confidentiality & Data Protection For a Home Based Childcare Service
In order to run a childcare service there is a need to retain a large amount of information on each child.
The Data Protection