Confidential Data Management

Confidential Data Management

  • Ensure that they explain their professional duty of confidentiality to survivors at their initial meeting, and that this is re-emphasised and explained throughout the course of the professional relationship.

  • Ensure that staff explain to all survivors their professional duty of safeguarding the individual and what information will be shared if they must raise a safeguarding concern.

  • Manage any personal and background information provided by survivors in such a way that it is only disclosed to third parties or agencies with their prior informed consent; well-constructed consent forms should be sufficient to avoid the future burden of ‘Subject Access Requests’. This duty relates to information that is held on paper, computer, visually or audio-recorded or held in the memory of the professional.

  • Ensure any information-sharing agreement specifies who the information can be shared with and specifically which information will be shared. It should not be a blank authorisation for information to be shared with other parties to be decided later.

  • Share the necessary information with the appropriate authorities as a matter of priority in any situation where there is a concern that a child is at risk of harm.