Best Practice Update

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ICO: 10 Step guide to sharing information to safeguard children

The ICO have published a 10 step guide to sharing information to safeguard children or young people from physical, emotional or mental harm. 

The new guidance addresses concerns from organisations and frontline workers that may be scared to share information for fear of falling foul of data protection law. The need to improve data sharing practices has been highlighted in recent serious case reviews in the UK where children have died or been seriously harmed through abuse or neglect.  Poor information-sharing among organisations and agencies was identified as one of the factors contributing to failures to protect the children.

The guide is for all people who are involved in safeguarding children: at all levels and in all sectors in the UK.  The steps are:

Full guidance:ICO: 10 Step guide to sharing information to safeguard children

The ICO have published a set of marketing materials to promote the benefits of sharing data to protect children and young people from harm: ICO: Think. Check. Share. Campaign.

Data Protection Education works with a number of schools in a DPO role providing help, advice and guidance on data protection, where the above ten steps are the basis of our work when we meet with schools, both online and in person.  Our Knowledge Bank platform provides policy templates and guidance, with a support ticketing service from our legal team.  For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..