What confidentiality means:-
Confidentiality means keeping information given by or about an individual in the course of a professional relationship secure and safe from others. There are eight principals of good practice and anyone processing personal information must comply with them. The eight principals of good practice
fairly and lawfully processed
processed for limited purposes
adequate, relevant and not excessive
accurate and up to date
not kept longer than necessary
processed in accordance with the individuals rights
not transferred to countries outside European economic area unless country has adequate protection for the individual
Anyone processing personal information must notify the (ICO) Information Commissioners Office that they are doing so.
Within a school setting, all information which concerns pupils must be treated confidentially, as stated in the Data Protection Act 1998 any information must be stored as stated in the act. All staff who work in a school need to be aware that they may see and hear things which are confidential. In the position of trust as a teaching assistant, all members of staff within the school must abide to the guidelines.
When to share information
Information about pupils should never be passed on to third parties. If a parent told something in confidence to a member of staff and they were unsure about what to do with the information, it is there responsibility to inform the class teacher as soon as possible. If the class teacher is unavailable they should tell the head teacher or deputy head. It is important they do not discuss what they have heard with anyone else .It is important that the information given is recorded correctly, as it may need to be looked at at a later date. In some situations where the child is considered a concern, say it is not hitting its development, say It may not be able to pronounce words...
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