Handle Information in a Social Care Setting

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1.1 Identify the legislation that relates to the recording,storage & sharing of information in health & social care The Data Protection Act 1998 This outlines the law of how to record, store & share information on individuals that we care for. Anyone holding personal data is legally obliged to comply with this act. 1.2 Explain why it is important to have secure systems for recording & storing information in a health & social care setting It is important to have secure systems for recording & storing information on individuals because it will hold confidential information, e.g. individuals name, address,date of birth, medical condition. etc. It must be protected and kept safely so that an individuals identity could not be stolen & to maintain the rights of the individual. I should follow my companies policies & procedures, this policy would have been set out with strict guidlines from the Data Protection Act. I should follow these guidlines when recording & storing personal information on clients that I care for. This information that I have is of a personal nature and people should only be given this information on a 'need to know' basis. Information should be confidential as this if shared with the wrong people it could affect the security and well being of my client. Verbal information should be should be protected too, you should not talk about your client by name with friends or family, or anyone else that does not have a right to know. You should remember that conversations can be overheard and confidential information may be accidently shared.If a clients personal information was not secure it could put their security at risk & they would lose trust in you as a carer. 2 Know how to access support for handling information 2.1 Describe how to access guidance information &
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