Confidentiality and Information

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Confidentiality
1) Confidentiality means that whatever information you hold on someone must not be shared with others. Information must be kept safe and private. You can only pass on information about someone if they have given their consent.

2) The Data Protection Act 1998 & 2003 is mandatory and has eight principles. These principles dictate how information is to be handled. Information should only be used for the use it was intended, it must not be given to anyone else without consent from the person the information belongs to unless there is a legitimate reason for the sharing of information – like the prevention of a crime or abuse. Everyone has the right to read any information that is held about them unless it is to do with a crime for example. Any personal information held can only be kept for as long as that information is needed and must be kept up to date, this information cannot be used outside the EU unless the person whose information it is has given consent. Large organisations that process personal information have to register with the Information Commissioner’s Office. Any company holding personal information about someone must make sure it is secure and cannot be used by anyone else. Anyone who thinks that a factual piece of information is incorrect can have it corrected.

3) Some of the information to be kept confidential includes: full name, date of birth, home address, information about the family, medical information, contracts, letters/emails from carers, observations and photos.

4) Three areas that demand confidentiality are Personal, Medical and Financial records.

5) At times confidentiality may have to be breached; this may be to do with concerns about a child’s welfare, if a child is abusing someone or if they have committed a crime. It would be necessary to breach confidentiality in order to safeguard a child if the child was being abused; the duty of care for a child is of the upmost...
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