Unit 307 Understand How to Handle Information in Social Care Settings

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Unit 307 Understand how to handle information in social care settings

Outcome 1 Understand requirements for handling information in social care settings

Outcome 1.1 identify legislation and codes of practice that relate to handling of information in social care settings;

Keeping information safe and only passing it on where there is a clear right to it and a clear need to do so, is an important right for all service users because: 1. Service users may not trust a care worker who does not keep information confidential; 2. Service users may not feel valued or able to keep their self-esteem if their private details are shared with others; 3. Service user’s safety may be put at risk if details of their property and habits are shared publicly; A professional service which maintains respect for individuals must keep private information confidential. There are legal requirements under the Data Protection Act 1998 to keep personal records confidential. Anyone processing personal data must comply with the eight enforceable principles of the Data Protection Act 1998 which say that data must be: * Fairly and lawfully processed; * Processed for limited purposes; * Adequate, relevant and not excessive; * Accurate; * Not kept for longer than necessary; * Processed in accordance with the data subject’s rights; * Kept secure; * Not transferred to other countries or territories without adequate protection; The Freedom of Information Act 2000 creates the “right of access” to the public of general information held by public authorities, local authorities and the National Health Service. Personal data cannot be accessed as this is protected by the Data Protection Act 1998. The full provisions for the Freedom of Information Act 2000 came into force in January 2005.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) sets the Essential Standards of Quality and Safety 2010. The Essential Standards of Quality and Safety 2010 is designed to help

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