13.1 Information Sharing - Introduction
Last updated 18/05/2017
Sharing information is essential in working to protect children from Significant Harm. Professionals and agencies are required to share information about:
- Children and their health, development and exposure to possible Significant Harm;
- Parents who may not be able to care adequately and safely for children;
- Individuals who may present a risk to children.
Often it is only when information from a number of sources is shared and put together, that it becomes clear that a child has suffered, or is likely to suffer, Significant Harm. However, when professionals share information at an early stage, this should reduce the risk of Significant Harm.
Practitioners should use their judgement when making decisions on what information to share and when and should follow their organisation procedures or consult with their manager if in doubt. The most important consideration is whether sharing information is likely to safeguard and protect a child. (See Information Sharing: Advice for Practitioners Providing Safeguarding Services to Children, Young People, Parents and Carers (March 2015).