Information Sharing for Child Protection Purposes

Consultation opened on 23 May 2019. Closing date 01 August 2019.


This consultation seeks your views on draft guidance on sharing information for child protection purposes. This is non-statutory guidance for HSCTs which, along with regional procedural guidance and information sharing protocols developed by the SBNI between its member agencies, will provide a framework for staff working in child protection to be able to confidently share information in a timely and effective way. The guidance will replace HSS Circular 3/96 (Revised) – Sharing to Safeguard – September 2008 (amended May 2009).


Consultation description

The guidance seeks to describe the legal framework within which the sharing of personal information for child protection purposes takes place and by which it is facilitated;  establish clear principles which apply to the sharing of personal information for child protection purposes;  provide guidance on the sharing of personal information to and from agencies and practitioners who are engaged in work with children and with other  third parties for child protection purposes; distinguish information sharing for child protection purposes from information sharing for wider public protection purposes; and identify other relevant information documents.

Guidance on Information Sharing for Child Protection Purposes

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Freedom of Information and Data Protection

The information you provide in your response to this consultation, excluding personal information, may be published or disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). If you want the information that you provide to be treated as confidential, please tell us why, but be aware that, under the FOIA, we cannot guarantee confidentiality.

Anonymised comments may be published on the Department of Health website and in a resulting report on the consultation. If you are replying on behalf of an organisation, only the name of the organisation will feature in the report.  If you do not want the name of your organisation to be published, please let us know.

Any personal information submitted will be handled in accordance with GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018

For more information on how the Department handles personal information please see the Departmental Privacy Notice

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