Information Sharing

All agencies should share information on children and young people they know to be vulnerable via the Local Area Team (551900 or lat@york.gov.uk) with consent.

Effective information sharing allows agencies to fulfil their duty under section 10 of the Children Act 2004 to co-operate in improving the wellbeing of children in the area.

Information sharing is not about controlling the lives of children and young people, but maximising their life chances. Decisions about service provision can be made with a more informed picture of the contributions of those involved. By piecing together sometimes disparate bits of information, a much better view can be gained of the needs of a child or young person. We can then ensure that the right services can be delivered at the right time.

Why should we share information?

Sharing information is vital for early intervention to ensure that children and young people get the services they require at the time they need it. Information sharing is also essential to protect children and young people from suffering harm from abuse or neglect, and to prevent them from offending.

Seven golden rules for information sharing

  1. Remember that Data Protection Act is not a barrier to sharing information
  2. Be open and honest
  3. Seek advice from your manager and/or the Local Area Team
  4. Share with consent where appropriate
  5. Consider safety and well being
  6. Necessary, proportionate, relevant, accurate, timely and secure
  7. Keep a record

What to share and how to share it

  • Share the information which is necessary for the purpose for which it is being shared.
  • Gain consent from the child/young person (according to age and understanding) or parents/carers.
  • Contact the Local Area Team on 01904 551900 or lat@york.gov.uk. The Local Area Team can tell you who else is already working with a child or family, and give advice about other options.
  • In circumstances where you are concerned that a child or young people may be at risk of harm, it may not be possible to gain consent from the young person or parents before sharing information. You should not let anything delay you in getting advice from a social worker if you are concerned a child may be at risk of harm. You can contact Children's Social Care on 01904 551900 or childrensfrontdoor@york.gov.uk.

For more information and guidance on information sharing download Information Sharing Advice for Practitioners.

The Local Area Team can provide advice and training around Information Sharing. Please refer to the Early Help Training page.

 

Local Area Team Information Service (formerly York FIS)

01904 554444

fis@york.gov.uk