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Private and confidential?Handling personal information in the social and health services$
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Chris Clark and Janice McGhee

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349064

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349064.001.0001

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Working with children and young people: privacy and identity

Working with children and young people: privacy and identity

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Private and confidential?

Peter Ashe

Policy Press

This chapter explores conceptual frameworks for sharing information in the world of children's services. It first sketches the longstanding policy emphasis on person- or child-centred services and its recent critique. Next, some of the substantial volume of recent consultation with children and young people about the use of their personal information is briefly discussed. The chapter asks whether current approaches offer a sustainable framework for the near future. The ‘privacy pragmatism’ approach first propounded in the Cabinet Office report on information sharing is considered as a potential theoretical prop, together with ‘personal learning planning’ as a potential fulcrum, for the bridge-building that is necessary if information sharing practice is to take account of rapidly developing trends in the lived experiences of children and young people. Reframing our consideration of this issue provides an opportunity to build towards a sustainable set of social relationships between people, their personal data, and its public custodians.

Keywords:   information sharing, children's services, personal information, social relationships

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