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Confidentiality and information sharing in child protection

Janice McGhee

in Private and confidential?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349064
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303077 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349064.003.0009
Confidentiality and information sharing in child protection

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This chapter draws on a range of policy and legal developments and research to discuss issues of communication and information sharing in child welfare and protection. The research includes a survey of the majority of Scottish local authorities and interviews with a total of 25 social work informants drawn from three local authorities. The study explores risk assessment and interagency collaboration in the use of child protection orders by Scottish local authorities. Child protection orders allow, among other things, for a child to be removed to or retained in a place of safety if there is the presence or risk of significant harm. Changing policy and practice, bringing a greater emphasis on integration in the delivery of children's services, is outlined with reference to Scotland and England. Mandatory reporting laws are examined, and the role of technical systems to promote information sharing and their potential to extend the surveillance and monitoring of children and families are considered.

Keywords: communication; information sharing; child welfare; risk assessment; interagency collaboration; Scotland; England; children's services

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