There is a wealth of information available to guide Practitioners when sharing personal information. This part of the site therefore attempts to provide links to useful sites where organisations can readily access information to aid them in the development of ISPs using the WASPI guidance. Please note, some services may have been devolved to Wales therefore not all guidance listed may apply equally across the UK.
The WASPI Support Team will endeavour to keep this page regularly updated however we cannot be responsible for the contents or reliability of the linked websites and do not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them. Please also be aware that any references to legislation should not be considered as comprehensive, as new legislation may come into force adding new powers to share information or amending existing ones. It is good practice to consult your organisation's Information Governance experts or legal advisers if in doubt.
This document provides guidance for Emergency Planners and Responders designed to inform Category 1 and 2 responders and other responders (such as those in the voluntary sector) on the key issues relating to data protection and sharing in emergency planning, response and recovery.
This document gives guidance on information sharing and information sharing scenarios.
These frequently asked questions, produced by CAADA (Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse), address concerns that MARAC members may have about sharing information.
This document provides information about how the Data Protection Act works in relations to giving access to social work records.
Department of Health - Information Sharing and Mental Health: Guidance to Support Information Sharing by Mental Health Services
This guidance sets out some of the opportunities and constraints involved in the exchange of information between health services and statutory and non statutory organisations, as well as between health services and individuals.
Department of Health - Making a Difference: Safe and Secure Data Sharing Between Health and Adult Social Care Staff
This document suggests some practical ways to address the perceived lack of clarity regarding data sharing between health and adult social care staff and identifies work that is already underway.
This document identifies what data should be shared, provides clarity on legislation and offers advice on the processes that can be put in place to help facilitate information sharing.
Department of Health - When To Share Information: Best practice Guidance For Everyone Working In The Youth Justice System
This document provides guidance around information sharing for staff working in the youth justice system.
This guidance sets out the principles of confidentiality and respect for patients' privacy that Doctors are expected to understand and follow.
This guidance aims to support good practice in information sharing by offering clarity on when and how information can be shared legally and professionally, in order to achieve improved outcomes. This guidance will be especially useful to support early intervention and preventative work where decisions about information sharing may be less clear than in safeguarding or child protection situations.
This guidance supports the 'Information Sharing: Guidance for Practitioners and Managers' as detailed above, providing a summary of the laws regarding information sharing together with additional information on legal issues.
This document is aimed at community safety practitioners and their managers and identifies what information should be shared, provides clarity on legislation and offers advice on the processes that can be put in place to help facilitate information sharing.
New guidance aims to help organisations identify their status when processing personal data. This has become a particularly important issue as an increasing number of organisations are working in partnership and sharing data protection responsibilities.
This guide for small and medium sized businesses, shows a series of clear, practical steps they can take to help make their IT systems safe and secure.
This Code of Practice is designed to help businesses and public sector bodies share people's personal information appropriately.
This document provides the Information Commissioner's interpretation of the requirements of the Data Protection Act and details how the data protection principles are intended to apply.
This guidance is a reference document for Data Controllers and their advisers; providing a broad guide to the Data Protection Act as a whole.
This guidance aims to explain to local authorities the data protection issues they need to consider when deciding whether to pass personal information from one department to another within the same local authority.
This Code of Practice will help organisations to draft clear privacy notices and to make sure that they collect information about people fairly and transparently.
This document provides guidance concerned with the application of the Data Protection Act 1998 with regards to the processing of information contained predominantly within health records.
Privacy Impact Assessments must be completed for all new projects and proposals involving the use of personal data. This is guidance to help Government officials complete these assessments.
Legislation.gov.uk is the official place of publication for newly enacted legislation. The information on this site brings together the legislative content currently held on the OPSI website and revised legislation from the Statutory Law database.
This statutory Code of Practice aims to ensure that there is broad consistency between forces in the way information is managed within the law, to ensure effective use of available information within and between individual police forces and other agencies, and to provide fair treatment to members of the public.
This document provides guidance on the lawful sharing of patient identifiable information between NHS organisations for health care purposes. The guidance is compliant with the Data Protection Act 1998 and has been developed to ensure that appropriate information sharing takes place and that NHS organisations do not hinder the lawful sharing of information.
Scottish Government - Guidance on Disclosure and Sharing of Information: Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004
This guidance is intended to help explain the effect of the provisions contained within the 2004 Act and how they relate to other rules of law on sharing of information. It also provides good practice guidance on disclosure and sharing of information for practitioners dealing with antisocial behaviour.
Effective sharing and exchange of relevant information between professionals is essential in order to safeguard children.
The law is rarely a barrier to disclosure of information. There is no restriction within the Data Protection Act or any other legislation that prevents concerns regarding individuals being highlighted and shared between agencies for the purpose of protecting children. Whenever possible, consent should be obtained before sharing personal information with third parties but it is recognised that the public interest in child protection always overrides maintaining confidentiality.
This Code of Practice sets out non-statutory guidance on best practice for those who work within or under contract to NHS or local authority social services operating in Wales; concerning confidentiality and the consent of patient and social care service users to the use of their health and social care records.
Guidance materials designed to provide advice and support to schools in the implementation of the Information Management Strategy (IMS), appropriate use of UPNs and management information, and to assist them in meeting data protection and security recommendations.
Youth Justice Board - Sharing Personal and Sensitive Information on Children and Young People at Risk of Offending
This document provides guidance for local authorities, police authorities, health authorities and others on sharing personal data across a range of existing and planned partnership arrangements.
Last updated: 21/08/2012