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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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Confidentiality and information sharing in child protection

Confidentiality and information sharing in child protection

(p.149) eight Confidentiality and information sharing in child protection
Private and confidential?

Janice McGhee

Policy Press

This chapter draws on a range of policy and legal developments and research to discuss issues of communication and information sharing in child welfare and protection. The research includes a survey of the majority of Scottish local authorities and interviews with a total of 25 social work informants drawn from three local authorities. The study explores risk assessment and interagency collaboration in the use of child protection orders by Scottish local authorities. Child protection orders allow, among other things, for a child to be removed to or retained in a place of safety if there is the presence or risk of significant harm. Changing policy and practice, bringing a greater emphasis on integration in the delivery of children's services, is outlined with reference to Scotland and England. Mandatory reporting laws are examined, and the role of technical systems to promote information sharing and their potential to extend the surveillance and monitoring of children and families are considered.

Keywords:   communication, information sharing, child welfare, risk assessment, interagency collaboration, Scotland, England, children's services

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