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What does information sharing consent mean?

A single assessment for early help is voluntary and families should be talked through the information sharing consent form and accompanying guidance to ensure they understand the issues and can then give informed consent.

In brief, information shared will be kept confidential but may be used to access a range of support/services required to meet a child’s needs. The only time confidentiality will not be maintained is where a person may be at risk of significant harm, or where it is required by law to share information for family support or child protection procedures.

A family single assessment for early help is highly recommended in most cases as it is considered that if one person has a problem, it generally will have an effect on other people in the family. If all the family is supported, it is more likely that things will improve.