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Information Sharing

Information sharing is vital to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults.

A key factor identified in many Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews (CSPR’s) and Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs) has been a failure by practitioners to record information, to share it, to understand its significance and then take appropriate action.

Fears about sharing information cannot be allowed to stand in the way of the need to safeguard children or adults at risk of abuse or neglect. Practitioners should not assume that someone else will pass on information which may keep a child, young person or adult safe.

Practitioners should use their professional judgement when making decisions on what information to share and when. They should follow their organisation’s procedures and seek advice, if in doubt. 

The most important consideration is whether sharing information is likely to safeguard and protect a child, young person or adult at risk.

Wiltshire Information Sharing Charter

The Wiltshire Information Sharing Charter (WiSC) assists in the lawful and integrated sharing of information between partner organisations for the residents of Wiltshire.

WiSC aims to provide the foundation for the sharing of personal information between partner members in the public, private or voluntary sector organisations. This is achieved by common commitment to principles and processes which support fair and lawful sharing of personal information to enable partner organisations to meet their statutory obligations, and in doing so, to facilitate integrated service provision across the county, and delivery of improved service provision for our residents.

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