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Information sharing

Information sharing is essential to enable early intervention and preventative work, for safeguarding, promoting welfare and for wider public protection.

It is most important that people remain confident that their personal information is kept safe and secure, and that practitioners maintain the privacy of the individual, whilst sharing information to deliver better services. Practitioners should share information confidently and appropriately as part of their day-to-day practice.

In Herefordshire we have developed an overarching protocol document and relevant legal guidance

This overarching protocol sets out the principles for information sharing between partner organisations, setting out the rules that all people working for, or with, the partner organisations must follow when using and sharing information.

In addition to the overarching protocol document, Herefordshire Safeguarding Adults Board and Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board have signed up to a specific data exchange agreement which sets out in more detail how practitioners can share information relating to safeguarding.  This agreement can be downloaded below:

Data exchange agreement