CCLD 403.1, CCLD 403.2 & CCLD 403.13
When working in a child care facility, confidentiality is of paramount importance. Key workers will have sensitive information regarding children and families that need to be treated and handled very carefully. This information may include personal medical details, personal family issues, addictions and abuse. To ensure this sensitive information is kept confidential it is important that all key workers are fully informed of all laws and regulations regarding the handling of personal information. This will ensure that the information that is required to be kept confidential and the information that may be required to be shared among other members of staff (certain medical conditions or allergies. This information should only be shared with authorised people who need to make decisions regarding the care of a specific child. Personal information should not be left for other parents and staff to see. All important information about children should be kept in a safe place. It is unprofessional and inappropriate to talk about a child or their family to anyone that is not working with the child or family on a day-to-day basis. All staff within the early years sector is governed by the Data Protection Act 1998 to protect the rights of individuals about whom information is obtained, stored, processed and disclosed. “The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA 1998) is an act of the United Kingdom (UK) Parliament defining the ways in which information about living people may be legally used and handled. The main intent is to protect individuals against misuse or abuse of information about them.” (http://www.gov.uk/data-protection/) This personal information may be stored on a computer hard drive or in paper form that is filled away. To ensure the confidentiality of the individuals, encrypted password should be used at all times on the computer, this will stop anyone gaining access to any personal and confidential information. Only allowing...
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