Sharing information is vital for early intervention to ensure that children and young people get the services they require. It is essential for safeguarding and protecting the welfare of individuals and for providing effective and efficient services that are coordinated around the needs of an individual or family.
It is important that practitioners understand when, why and how they should share information so that they can do so confidently and appropriately as part of their day-to-day practice.
All statutory agencies have signed up to the Cornwall Information Sharing Protocol. This governs the sharing of personal and sensitive information between agencies. It requires consent to be obtained in all cases, unless the sharing of information without consent will protect an individual from harm or aid the prevention or detection of a crime, and is founded on the practice of the 'seven golden rules' for information sharing.
When it comes to professionals - such as housing services, social services and healthcare professionals - and how they share your information, you can find out more about your rights by reading this easy read fact sheet.