Consider the role of a learning support professional in a school. Outline the considerations for someone in that role when dealing with confidential information. All information held on pupils comes under data protection guild lines. It can include our address, phone number, birth date, employment history or other personal information. It may also include information about our past or present health and development. Individuals have the right to keep information of this type private. Personal data- This includes names and addresses, medical or health records, dates of birth, etc. It needs to be kept secure. Confidential information- This consists of any professional recommendations or reports that should be shared only between parents or carers and professionals working with the pupil. Sensitive personal data- This may be to do with issues such as suspected child abuse or cases that may be going to court. The main legal framework relating to the protection of personal information is Set out in:
• The Human Rights Act 1998, which incorporates Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), including the right to a private and Family life.
• The common law duty of confidentiality
• The Data Protection Act 1998: covering protection of personal information. Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights was incorporated into UK law by the Human Rights Act 1998 and recognises a right to respect private and family life: Parents can be asked for relevant information about their children to be kept on the school records, for example medical or health information or records regarding special educational needs. All information such as this is confidential and must only be used for the purpose it was obtained for. If the information needs to be passed on to another person, parental consent must be obtained first. The school has a Confidentiality Policy, which all staff need to be aware of, which sets out the school’s aims and objectives...
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