Childrens Trust Arrangements

Information Sharing Guidance

Information Sharing Guidance

Recognising that most decisions to share information require professional judgment, this cross-government guidance aims to improve practice by giving practitioners clearer guidance on when and how they can share information legally and professionally about an individual with whom they are in contact. It seeks to provide clarity on the legal framework for practitioners sharing information and give practitioners confidence in making decisions.The guidance is for front-line practitioners who have to make decisions about sharing personal information on a case-by-case basis.The guidance includes:

Information Sharing: Guidance for practitioners and managers - giving practitioners clear practical guidance, drawing on experience and the public consultation.

InformationSharing: Pocket guide - a summary of the key decision-making considerations (see below for printing instructions).

Information Sharing: Case examples - a set of case examples which illustrate information sharing situations

Information Sharing: Further guidance on legal issues - a summary of the laws affecting information sharing in respect of children and young people, updated to reflect the 2008 version of the guidance.

Early Help Common Assessment

Early Help Common Assessment 

The EHCA is a four-step process whereby key workers can identify the needs of a child or young person early, assess those needs holistically, deliver co-ordinated services and review progress.

EHCA is designed for when there are concerns about the child's progress; the child's needs are unclear; or the support of more than one agency is needed.

Further information can be found on the Early Help practitioner webpage