confidentiality

Adult protection toolkit for domiciliary care agencies

Toolkit that signposts homecare providers to everything they need to write or review policies and procedures for protecting vulnerable adults from harm. It has been designed to equip providers with information on: the nature of abuse, and how it is defined; national guidance on adult protection by all four UK administrations; regulatory requirements on dealing with abuse in domiciliary care; processes for keeping abusers out of the social care workforce; issues surrounding the management of finances, whistleblowing and confidentiality; and training including induction and supervision.

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

This Act of Scottish Parliament provides a right of access to information held by Scottish public authorities; creates exemptions from the duty to disclose information; and establishes the arrangements for enforcement and appeal.

A review of service user involvement in prison mental health research

Report presenting the findings of a review carried out to discover how models of service user involvement in health research could be applied to research on mental health care in prisons. It concluded there are examples of service user engagement in prisoner councils and in prison health service development which could be further developed.

What are the requirements for professionals reporting child abuse in the United Kingdom?

A brief summary of the guidelines relating to the requirement for different types of professionals to report child abuse in the UK. It also look at how issues relating to confidentiality and information-sharing can be resolved.

Policy and practice guidelines for working with children and families affected by problem drug use : getting our priorities right

The first part of the guidance sets out what is currently known about the extent of parental problem drug use and the impact on children. The second tackles the complex area of confidentiality and offers advice to agencies about when, and how, to share information. Part 3 outlines what agencies need to ask of families when they present with drug problems.

Children In need of protection: a draft code of practice on the sharing of information

Poor information sharing has been identified as a contributory factor in a number of catastrophic child protection cases.

The aim of this code is to improve practice by giving staff clear guidance on when and how to share information legally and professionally about children at risk of harm.

A commissioner's guide to service user involvement in the re-commissioning of day and vocational services for people with mental health conditions

Guide providing information and advice for health and social care commissioners on how best to involve users of mental health services in the re-commissioning of day and vocational services. It is based on the experiences of commissioners and service users who collaborated on re-designing and modernising local services.

Good practice guidance for working with children and families affected by substance misuse: getting our priorities right

Not all families affected by substance misuse will experience difficulties. However, parental substance misuse may have significant and damaging consequences for children. These children are entitled to help, support and protection, within their own families wherever possible. Sometimes they will need agencies to take prompt action to secure their safety. Parents too will need strong support to tackle and overcome their problems and promote their children’s full potential.

Elder abuse advocacy toolkit

Toolkit developed to provide practical support and advice on different aspects of advocacy for all those involved in managing and delivering advocacy services for older people.

Fear of the Unknown : addressing fears, myths, attitudes and values around child protection issues

The aim of this workshop is to dispel the fears of people who are relatively new to child protection issues, and those who feel it is a muddy area of legislation and uncomfortable procedures for themselves and the children and young people they work with.

The beauty of this workshop is it can be used for introduction to child protection issues or to update existing knowledge or beliefs. The exercise lasts between 1 to 3 hours and is suitable for groups of 3 to 20.