Uncertainties over sharing information have bedevilled efforts to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults at risk. Laming (2009) has observed that, despite government guidance (HM Government, 2008b), the law relating to data protection and privacy is still not well understood by practitioners and managers. He argues that the legal rules surrounding confidentiality should not be used as a barrier to sharing information between professionals when the safety of children is at stake. He urges agencies to have information-sharing protocols and to ensure that practitioners and managers understand when they may lawfully share information about children and families, when in other words it is in the public interest to prioritize children’s safety and welfare. The need for a local protocol on sharing information also emerges as a recommendation from some adult protection serious case reviews (Braye et al., 2013b).
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