Understand Legislation, Policies and Procedures for Confidentiality and Sharing Information Including Data Protection

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Unit 1

Task 3

Understand legislation, policies and procedures for confidentiality and sharing information including data protection.



Why it is important to reassure children, young people and adults about confidentiality and why it may need to be breached.

For the home country England there are many policies and procedures within the legislation that relate to safeguarding human rights, data protection and confidentiality. These have been refined into every school policy and procedures such as the human rights act 1998/2004, children act 1989/2004 and the data protection act 1998.

Purpose of the Act

The Data Protection Act 1998 governs how organisations can use the personal information they hold, including how they collect, store, share or dispose of it. Sensitive personal data means personal data

consisting of information as to -
(a) the racial or ethnic origin of the data subject,
(b) his political opinions,
(c ) his religious beliefs or other beliefs of a
similar nature,
(d) whether he is a member of a trade union (within
the meaning of the Trade Union and Labour Relations
(Consolidation) Act 1992),
(e) his physical or mental health or condition,
(f) his sexual life,
(g) the commission or alleged commission by him of
any offence, or
(h) any proceedings for any offence committed or
alleged to have been committed by him, the disposal
of such proceedings or the sentence of any court in
such proceedings.

The Data Protection Act 1998 applies to both paper/manual records and records held electronically. Responsible authorities should therefore ensure that their electronic recording systems comply with all the requirements of the legislation. It is also important, however, that electronic recording systems comply with the requirements for children and their families to easily find their story in a logical narrative.

The data protection...
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