It is important to respect confidentiality if we want to gain and keep respect of other adults and parents in the settings, although this is most difficult to maintain. There is also legislation about confidentiality which gives children and their families the right to privacy. Every Child Matters(2003)-Every Child Matters which was launched in 2003, is a UK government initiative for England and Wales. It has introduced partly in response to the death of Victoria Climbie. It is one of the most important policy in relation to children and children’s services and has been described as a ‘sea change’ to the children and family agenda. Every Child Matters covers children and young adults up to the age of 19 or 24 for those with disabilities. It’s main aims are for every child, whatever their background or circumstances, to have the support they need to: * Be healthy
* Stay safe
* Enjoy and achieve
* Make a positive contribution
* Achieve economic well-being
Each of these themes has a detailed framework and to achieve the outcomes, it is important that multi-agency partnerships work together. The agencies in partnership may include children’s centre, early years, schools, children’s social work services, primary and secondary health services, play work and child and adolescent Mental Health Services. Data Protection Act(1998)- The Data Protection Act is a piece of legislation that is designed to prevent confidential and personal information from being passed on without a person’s consent. Under the act, organisations that collect and store information must register with DATA Protection Commission. Anyone who processing information must comply with the eight principles of practice which are- * Fairly and lawfully processed
* Processed for limited purposes
* Adequate, relevant and not...