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information sharing guidance

13 April 2015

This guidance supersedes the HM Government Information sharing: guidance for practitioners and managers published in March 2008.

This HM Government advice is non-statutory, and has been produced to support practitioners in the decisions they take when sharing information to reduce the risk of harm to children and young people.

You can read the guidance here

Information sharing is vital to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. A key factor identified in many serious case reviews (SCRs) has been a failure by practitioners to record information, to share it, to understand its significance and then take appropriate action.

This advice is for all frontline practitioners and senior managers working with children, young people, parents and carers who have to make decisions about sharing personal information on a case by case basis. It might also be helpful for practitioners working with adults who are responsible for children who may be in need.

This guidance does not deal in detail with arrangements for bulk or pre-agreed sharing of personal information between IT systems or organisations other than to explain their role in effective information governance.

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2020 exam appeals

Exam grades will be allocated in 2020 and the importance of how teachers make their pupil assessments this year. This briefing is in relation to the current position on possible appeals against awarded grades.

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Dealing with requests for information relating to subject grading for examinations in 2020

This year, schools are required to assess the grades students would have been likely to have achieved in their GCSE, AS and A level exams. As not all schools are fully open, we have set out guidance on both Freedom of Information, and Subject Access Requests in case you receive either or both types of requests over the next few months.

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Keeping children safe during Covid-19

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