In Relation to Confidentiality: Identify Relevant Legal Requirements and Procedures Covering Confidentiality, Data Protection and the Disclosure of Information Describe the Importance of Reassuring Children, Young Essay

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Under the Data Protection Act, any personal information obtained on children within the school must meet strict confidentiality rules. The purpose of gaining the information must be established. It must be stored so as not to allow any third party access, this should include securing hard copies in a locked office or password protecting information kept electronically. If a parent gives me information about a child, I should ensure this is recorded correctly and following school policies, passing it on to the relevant member of staff as soon as possible. If information needs to be shared with other staff or agencies it must be done through the correct channels, parent consent in most instances will be required. Where a child protection concern is raised, information will be passed on to the Head teacher or Designated senior person to take charge. Sharing of any information between staff members will be done on a "need to Know" basis. It is important to reassure children, young people and adults that any information will be kept confidential in order to gain and maintain their trust and confidence. As a member of teaching staff it is important not to violate this trust or put them at risk of harm by divulging personal information to others. However, in the case of child protection it my have to be explain to the disclosing child / adult that the information they are giving you, will have to be passed on the the relevant senior person and the reasons behind this. Children need to know that any information they disclose will be taken seriously, often it will be a big step for a child to tell and adult their concerns, therefore if they feel this will be shared with others or that other children may "bully" them for talking to a teacher, they are less likely to discuss what may be very sensitive issues. It is therefore important at all stages to explain what you are

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