Friday, 12 August 2016

Has information been shared unlawfully?

"Bill Alexander talks about the Highland Practice Model, Integrations and Preventive and Early Years Services."

The model involved quite a bit of restructuring and established a Named Person following requests by parents for a single point of contact, or so the story goes.

Actually it is more likely that Named Persons were conveniently put in place to coordinate the data along the pathway for the joined up services and early interventions.
"Those family teams will also provide enhanced capacity to support children in the early years... having seen the benefits of early intervention and having been influenced by inspirational figures such as Bruce Perry," says Bill Alexander.

On display is the inspirational photograph of the two 3-year-old brains derived from Bruce Perry which, along with the exaggerated notion of the importance of the early years, has been rubbished often enough.

Stuart Derbyshire calls the image a crude but iconic representation in the video below, as he criticises the emphasis in social policy on the early years.

Since Highland Council was the original pilot for the Named Person scheme we have to wonder if early years practitioners have been encouraged to share data about children`s and families` wellbeing, unlawfully ?

Given some of the information in the comprehensive and integrated practice guidance, the answer is, most probably.

When consent has not been given, but there is a need to know, legislation assists the practitioner to decide whether sharing should take place. If information is to be shared to prevent harm, to prevent or detect serious crime, to improve the well-being of individuals or groups, or for public protection, and if the information to be shared is relevant and proportionate, then it should be shared.

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