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Information Sharing: Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services for children, young people, parents and carers, May2024

May 13, 2024
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Kelly Fisher-Beasley, The Early Years Company Trainer & Coach, Birmingham South

With safeguarding always at the top of our early years agenda, The Department for Education has updated its guidance on information sharing for people who provide safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers. This was published on 1st May 2024 and replaces the guidance published in 2018; please note this should be read alongside the statutory guidance Working together to safeguard children 2023.

The information sharing guidance is non statutory but is still essential reading for practitioners working with children. 

The 28 page guidance document sets out the seven golden rules (pages 4-5) for sharing information together with an explanation on the importance of sharing information and why data protection does not prevent information sharing for the purposes of safeguarding children.

It is also important to note the updated and correct wording with the definition of safeguarding (page 7). This has been updated to fall in line with the definition set out in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2023: 

*providing help and support to meet the needs of children as soon as problems emerge 

*protecting children from maltreatment, whether that is within or outside the home, including online 

* preventing impairment of children's mental and physical health or development 

*ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care 

*promoting the upbringing of children with their birth parents, or otherwise their family network through a kinship care arrangement, whenever possible and where this is in the best interests of the children. 

Whether you are an individual or an organisation, everyone must take responsibility for sharing information to keep children safe. Leaders and organisations in particular have several responsibilities ranging from creating an environment where practitioners feel confident about when and how to share information, to ensuring robust systems are in place. 


Browse our Catalogue of Safeguarding Training here: Catalogue of Safeguarding Training | The Early Years Company

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