Sharing information about individuals between organisations is often essential to keep people safe, or make sure they get the best services. The council always ensures that it only ever shares the necessary information with the appropriate organisation, if it has a legal reason to do so.
In social care, it is the term used to used to describe the situation where practitioners use their professional judgement and experience on a case-by-case basis to decide whether and what personal information to share with other practitioners in order to meet the needs of a child. It is essential to enable early intervention and preventative work, for safeguarding and promoting welfare, and for wider public protection. It is the key to the Government’s goal of delivering better, more efficient public services that are coordinated around the needs of children, young people and families.
Sharing information is essential to enable early intervention to help children, young people and their families who need additional services to achieve positive outcomes, which in turn helps to reduce inequalities between disadvantaged children and others. Effective information sharing can also help to keep children safe or prevent harm. Sharing information helps reduce the chances of children ‘slipping through the net’ such as the case of Victoria Climbie. Practitioners need to share information as part of their day-to-day practice, so it’s important that they understand when, why and how they should share information. Practitioners must use their professional judgement when deciding whether or not, and what, to share.