The Importance of Confidentiality and Data Protection Essay

847 Words Jun 14th, 2013 4 Pages
Home-based childminders gather a lot of private information about both the children and families with whom they work with. This information may of been picked up from the children themselves, or told directly to the childminder from the parents, or other professionals such as teachers, providing the parents have given them consent to do so. The upmost crucial characteristic of confidentiality is not passing on or sharing information about either the child or their families with other people. All information that you may have on a child must be treated as confidential and it must only be shared between yourself, the child and the child’s parents. There may be occasions from where you can share information to other professionals, for …show more content…
Lock and key for paper documents and password protected for any computer based data) * Not transferred to any other country without adequate protection. Written information should never be removed from the setting or home. If possible, documents like medical cards should be kept in the child’s home. Observations and a child’s personal details should be kept in the childminders home. A parent must give written permission for a childminder to take and store photographs, and if appropriate the child too. You must ensure that it is securely stored (principle 7 of the Data Protection Act (1998). If you do use a computer to store your files and information, you should ALWAYS password protect them. This ensures that all information you have stored is kept confidential and is not accessible to other adults or children. While you think that you may be extremely careful with written or digitally stored information, it can be very easy to breach confidentiality in conversations, usually with other home-based childminders. For example, you may only think you’re talking about your work, or general behaviour concerns or even planned activities, but you could inadvertently breach confidentiality and give away enough information about the child or their family to be identified by

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