L3 HSC Technical Certificate unit worksheet
Unit 307 - Understand how to handle information in social care settings
The numbers after each question relate to the assessment criteria in the standards
1. Identify legislation and codes of practice that relate to handling information in social care settings
The Data Protection Act 1998 gives people right to see the information recorded about them. This means that people can see their medical records or social services files. Since January 2005 the freedom of information Act 2000 has provided people with a right to access general information held by public authorities including local authorities and the National Health Service. Personal information about other people cannot be accessed and is protected by the DATA Protection Act. The information that you write in files should be clear and useful , also anything what you write must be true and able to justified,
2. Explain how legal requirements and codes of practice inform practice in handling information (1.1.2)
All information however is stored is subject to the Data Protection Act 1998 which covers medical records social service records, credit information, and so on. Anyone processing personal Data must comply with the eight enforceable principles of good practice laid down in the Data Protection Act 1998.These say that data must be; Fairly and lawfully processed .
Processed for limited purposes.
Adequate, relevant and not excessive.
Not kept for longer than necessary.
Processed in accordance with the data subjects rights.
Not transferred to countries without adequate protection.
3. Explain how to maintain records that are up to date, complete, accurate and legible (2.2.1)
All information needs to be clear, it needs to be legible particularly if you are handwriting it. It should be to the point , not ramble or contain far more words than necessary. Any record should cover the important points clearly and...
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