London Child Protection Procedures and Practice Guidance
Updated: 31st March 2021
The next update to the London Child Protection Procedures will include clarification of the legal basis for information sharing together with practice guidance. This will be based on Working Together 2018 (updated December 2020).
Working Together already stated that “If a practitioner has concerns about a child’s welfare and considers that they may be a child in need or that the child has suffered or is likely to suffer significant harm, then they should share the information with local authority children’s social care and/or the police”. The updated version provides the following clarification of the basis for sharing information (page 19): “It is not necessary to seek consent to share information for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of a child provided that there is a lawful basis to process any personal information required. The legal bases that may be appropriate for sharing data in these circumstances could be ‘legal obligation’ or ‘public task’ which includes the performance of a task in the public interest or the exercise of official authority”.
Six Monthly Updates:
The London Child Protection Procedures are updated on a 6-monthly basis. The most recent update took place on 31st March 2021 and the changes can be viewed in the section Amendments & Archives. The next update will be the 30th September 2021 - or the nearest working day. Any comments or suggested changes for this update should be forwarded to Alison Renouf, London Safeguarding Children Partnership Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the London Safeguarding Children Partnership, by 1st February 2021.
The Editorial Board is chaired by: Henrietta Quartano Senior Assistant Director, Children’s Safeguarding & Social Care, Royal Greenwich.
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