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Advice for practitioners providing
safeguarding services to children, young
people, parents and carers
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About this government advice 3
Who is this advice for? 3
The seven golden rules to sharing information 4
Sharing Information 5
Being alert to signs of abuse and neglect and taking action 5
Legislative framework 6
The principles 8
Necessary and proportionate 8
When and how to share information 10
Flowchart of when and how to share information 12
Myth-busting guide 13
Useful resources and external organisations 15
Other relevant departmental advice and statutory guidance 15
Other relevant legislation 15
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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.
About this government advice
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.
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.
This guidance supersedes the HM Government Information sharing: guidance for
practitioners and managers published in March 2008.
Who is this advice for?
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.