In 2018, the Department for Education published ‘Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners’. The advice is for practitioners and senior managers to help decide when and how to share personal information legally and professionally. The advice is being refreshed in 2023. The current advice can be found here:

Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners

Information Sharing Guidance (part of the London Safeguarding Children Procedures) was revised in 2022 and includes resources for practitioners:

London Safeguarding Children Partnership  – Information Sharing guidance (powerpoint)

Practitioners should also follow the London Multi-Agency Data Sharing Agreement issued in January 2021 and signed by relevant agencies in Bexley:

London Multi-Agency Safeguarding Data Sharing Agreement Jan 2021


The Data Protection Act 2018 controls how your personal information is used by organisations, businesses or the government. The Data Protection Act 2018 is the UK’s implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

There is some good information on GDPR available on the Information Commissioner’s Office website:

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