All agencies should share information on children and young people they know to be vulnerable via the MASH Early Help Coordinators (551900 option 2 or firstname.lastname@example.org) with consent.
Effective information sharing allows agencies to fulfil their duty under section 10 of the Children Act 2004 to co-operate in improving the wellbeing of children in the area.
Information sharing is not about controlling the lives of children and young people, but maximising their life chances. Decisions about service provision can be made with a more informed picture of the contributions of those involved. By piecing together sometimes disparate bits of information, a much better view can be gained of the needs of a child or young person. We can then ensure that the right services can be delivered at the right time.
Sharing information is vital for early intervention to ensure that children and young people get the services they require at the time they need it. Information sharing is also essential to protect children and young people from suffering harm from abuse or neglect, and to prevent them from offending.
For more information and guidance on information sharing download Information Sharing Advice for Practitioners.
The Local Area Team can provide advice and training around Information Sharing. Please refer to the Early Help Training page.