Who is responsible for sharing safeguarding information with other agencies?

Who would be involved in sharing information regarding a safeguarding concern?

The police can keep records on any person known to be a target or perpetrator of abuse and share such information with safeguarding partners for the purposes of protection ‘under Section 115 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, provided that criteria outlined in the legislation are met’.

Who have to make decisions regarding the sharing of information?

3.1 If you are asked, or wish, to share information, you must use your professional judgement to decide whether to share or not and what information it is appropriate to share, unless there is a statutory duty or a court order to share.

How do you share safeguarding information between teams and relevant agencies?

Share with informed consent where appropriate and, where possible, respect the wishes of those who do not consent to share confidential information. You may still share information without consent if, in your judgement, there is good reason to do so, such as where safety may be at risk.

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Which legislation helps support information sharing in safeguarding?

Schedule 1 of the Data Protection Act 2018 has ‘safeguarding of children and individuals at risk’ as a processing condition that allows practitioners to share information, including without consent (where, in the circumstances consent cannot be given, it cannot be reasonably expected that a practitioner obtains consent …

When should you share information without consent in safeguarding?

You can share confidential information without consent if it is required by law, or directed by a court, or if the benefits to a child or young person that will arise from sharing the information outweigh both the public and the individual’s interest in keeping the information confidential.

What are the 5 R’s of safeguarding?

All staff have a responsibility to follow the 5 R’s (Recognise, Respond, Report, Record & Refer) whilst engaged on PTP’s business, and must immediately report any concerns about learners welfare to a Designated Officer.

What are the key principles with regards to information sharing?

Necessary, proportionate, relevant, adequate, accurate, timely and secure: Ensure that the information you share is necessary for the purpose for which you are sharing it, is shared only with those individuals who need to have it, is accurate and up-to-date, is shared in a timely fashion, and is shared securely.

What should you avoid if a child makes a disclosure?


  • promise confidentiality.
  • ask leading or probing questions.
  • investigate.
  • repeatedly question or ask the girl to repeat the disclosure.
  • discuss the disclosure with people who do not need to know.
  • delay in reporting the disclosure to the Safeguarding team.
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What should be included in safeguarding records?

You should include details of the information you shared, who you shared it with and why. You should also include whether consent was given and, if so, who gave it. If you share confidential information with or without consent, you must record the reasons for your decision.

What are information sharing protocols?

An Information Sharing Protocol (ISP) assures safe and lawful information sharing. They are also called Data Sharing Agreements (DSA) and Information Sharing Agreements (ISA). The WEISF Partnership publish all Information Sharing Protocols for you to view here. The protocol details how and what data partners share.

Can personal data be shared without permission?

No. Organisations don’t always need your consent to use your personal data. They can use it without consent if they have a valid reason.