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Information sharing - getting it right

13 September 2013

It has been announced that the Government is to publish a report on children’s homes, after Michael Gove stated that he thought the rules surrounding information sharing may have placed already vulnerable children in danger. He also published a piece in the Telegraph asserting that, in certain circumstances, this may have hindered the Police during their investigations.

The mechanisms to share information are out there. Time and time again guidance makes it clear that the Data Protection Act 1998 is not a barrier to sharing information, but provides a framework to ensure that personal information is shared appropriately. I am confident that with proper thought and care, policies could be quite quickly drafted to ensure information is appropriately shared with the Police and other agencies to help protect children in care from abuse.

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