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Confidentiality & The Data Protection Act

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Confidentiality is an ethical belief associated with many professions such as medicine, law and religion. It means keeping information given by or about an individual secure and secret from others. This confidentiality is seen as an essential thing to be able to keep the trust between professional and service users. Within the setting, confidentiality is about protecting children's and adult's rights to privacy. In settings, they have a confidentiality policy to ensure that no information is passed onto anyone else outside the setting. It is a very important part of the practitioner's job. It is about trust between the practitioner and the parent/carer. The Data Protection Act 1998 is the law that supports confidentiality. It was passed in Parliament to control the way we store information is handled and to give legal rights to people who have information stored about them. ...read more.


parents to observe them, and by blacking out their faces and names on any pictures, pieces of work I used or took. I also made sure that any information I took from the child, I stored correctly and securely. The setting makes sure they keep all the child's information confidential by keeping all the information on a password protected computer and by making sure that the school are informed about where the child is going after school and who the child is getting picked up by to ensure their safety. The setting has to ensure that they have trust in their staff and to make sure that all members of staff know about how important it is not to break confidentiality, and to not talk about a child outside the setting as members of the public may over hear which could therefore put the child and their family in risk. ...read more.


Not following the confidentiality policy is also not a very professional thing to do and may make parents/ carers and staff not trust you anymore. The Data Protection act contains 8 Data Protection Principles. These specify that the personal data must be: - Processed fairly and lawfully. - Obtained for specified and lawful purposes Adequate, relevant and not excessive - Accurate and up to date - Not kept any longer than necessary - Processed in accordance with the 'data subjects' (individual) rights. - Securely kept - Not transferred to any other country outside the European Economic Area The only time confidentiality can be broken is if the child could be in danger and you need to contact a service which is needed such as social services and the police. ...read more.

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