Every child matters states the importance of professionals sharing relevant information regarding children (from birth 19 years old) to ensure stay safe, healthy, enjoy and achieve.
Every child matter was launched after the tragic death of Victoria Climbie, when there was no communication between health and social services. Professionals should share information to help keep children safe and from harm, and to ensure they reach their full potential, and achieve economic well being.
This included professionals such as teachers, social workers, hospitals, social services and the police.
Children’s Act 2004
This act is designed for the care and support of children
· To allow children to be healthy
· Allowing children to remain safe in their environments
· Helping children to enjoy life
· Assist children in their quest to succeed
· Help make a contribution- a positive contribution- to the lives of children
· Help achieve economic stability for our children’s futures
The children’s Act 2004 makes provision about services provided to and for children and young people by local authority and other professionals like police, NHS and require that they work together in improving the well being of children and young people and to make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare in the local area.
Data Protection 1998
The data protection act 1998 is an act of the UK Parliament defining the ways in which personal information about living people may be legally used and handled. The information must be relevant and treated with confidentiality. It can be shared with consent, to comply court orders or in the person’s best interest.
In schools we ask parents and carers for a variety of information so that we are able to care for children as effectively as we can while they are in our care. However, we only ask for information, which are directly relevant; health related information, special education needs or individual education plans. These are confidential information and only are shared with people with a right to have it. Under the data protection act, any organisation, which holds information on individuals, needs to be registered with the data protection commission. This is designed to ensure that confidential information cannot be passed on to others without the individual’s consent.