Front-line practitioners who provide services to children and young people often have to make decisions on sharing information with other practitioners. This calls for professional judgment on a case-by-case basis. Uncertainty about the legal framework can sometimes hamper effective information sharing. The following materials have been produced to provide guidance on how to share information legally and professionally:
Information sharing guidance
‘How to’ guides
We have an information sharing eLearning module which all staff can access. The training takes up to 30 minutes. You can complete the course in one go or in stages. The course includes real life case studies and a test at the end of the training to check your understanding. Go to our information sharing eLearning module and type in the following login:
Staff can also access further training via DVD on Information Sharing Introductory Training or Seeking Consent. To request a copy of the DVD email your team manager.
Guidance and forms
For guidance regarding how we share information about service users, read our Information Sharing Notice and our Practitioner Guidance. Also read our Common Assessment Framework guidance.
What to do if you are worried about a child
If you are concerned that a child or adult may be at risk of serious harm, then follow the relevant procedures without delay. Seek advice if you're not sure what to do and ensure that the outcome of the discussion is recorded.