Effective sharing of information between professionals and local agencies is essential for effective identification, assessment and service provision.
Early sharing of information is the key to providing effective early help where there are emerging problems. At the other end of the continuum, sharing information can be essential to put in place effective child protection services. Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) have shown how poor information sharing has contributed to the deaths or serious injuries of children.
Fears about sharing information cannot be allowed to stand in the way of the need to promote the welfare and protect the safety of children. To ensure good safeguarding arrangements all organisations should have arrangements in place which set out clearly the processes and the principles for sharing information between each other, with other professionals and with the BCSSP.
No professional should assume that someone else will pass on information which they think may be critical to keeping a child safe. If a professional has concerns about a child’s welfare and believes they are suffering or likely to suffer harm, then they should share the information with local authority children’s social care.
The following guidance and protocol will help you understand why we share information:
- Working together to safeguard children - government guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
- Information sharing - government advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers.
- BCSSP information sharing protocol.
- BCSSP multi-agency information sharing guidance.
- BCSSP case studies & good practice in information sharing.