Recognising that most decisions to share information require professional judgement, the cross-government guidance aims to improve practice by giving practitioners clearer guidance on when and how they can share information legally and professionally about an individual with whom they are in contact. It seeks to provide clarity on the legal framework for practitioners sharing information and give practitioners confidence in making decisions.
The cross-government information sharing guidance originally published in April 2006 has been brought up-to-date to reflect current policy and extended to cover practitioners working with adults and families as well as those working with children and young people. The revised guidance and supporting materials were published in late 2008.
The guidance is for front-line practitioners who have to make decisions about sharing personal information on a case-by-case basis.
The guidance is also for managers and advisors who support these practitiones in their decision making and for others with responsibility for information governance.
The guidance includes:
Information Sharing Guidance for Practitioners and Managers - giving practitioners clear practical guidance, drawing on experience and the public consultation.
Information Sharing: Pocket Guide - a summary of the key decision-making considerations.
Information Sharing: Posters and Flow Chart- the seven golden rules and the flowchart of key questions for information sharing.
Information Sharing: Further Guidance on Legal Issues - a summary of the laws affecting information sharing in respect of children and young people.
Information Sharing - Flyer
Attached is new guidance also associated with information sharing:
'How To' Guide - Seeking Consent
'How To' Guide - Judging Capacity to Consent
'How To' Guide - Recording Decisions
'How To' Guide - Sharing Information Securely