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Lucy Reed made this Freedom of Information request to Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

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Dear Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service,

Freedom of Information Act Request

Please could you provide any policy, guidance or direction to CAFCASS staff applicable between 1 January 2011 to date, concerning their involvement in research projects and of any policy, guidance or direction to CAFCASS staff applicable between 1 January 2011 to date, regarding the communication of information arising from family proceedings concerning cases in which CAFCASS staff are or have been involved.

Yours faithfully,

Lucy Reed

Jassal, Jasvinder - Cafcass, Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

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Dear Ms Reed
Please find attached an acknowledgment of your recent requests.
Regards

Miss Jasvinder Jassal
Information Assurance & Data Handling Officer
Cafcass
6th Floor
Sanctuary Buildings
Great Smith Street
London
SW1P 3BT

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Jassal, Jasvinder - Cafcass, Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

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Dear Ms Reed
Please find attached a response to your recent request.

Miss Jasvinder Jassal
Information Assurance & Data Handling Officer
Cafcass

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Dear Jassal, Jasvinder - Cafcass,

Thank you for your combined response to my two FOI requests.

In respect of the communication of information request I hope you will not mind if I ask for clarification. The list of policies you have referred me to does not appear to answer the question, which was directed towards policies or guidance for staff as to when they are permitted to disclose information concerning cases they are working on. The policies you refer me to deal with data protection and the measures that CAFCASS takes to avoid inadvertent data loss or breaches of confidentiality, but do not (so far as I can tell) deal with when it is appropriate to intentionally disclose information, for example in connection with an approved research project.

I would be grateful if you could either point me to relevant policy / guidance in the list you have sent me if I have missed something, send me any other policy / guidance that is in point, or confirm that no such policy / guidance has been issued.

Many thanks in advance.

Yours sincerely,

Lucy Reed

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NB This response contains CAFCASS' response to my second request of the same date, relating to research projects: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ca...

Jassal, Jasvinder - Cafcass, Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

Dear Ms Reed

You were provided with the main policy: the Cafcass Research Governance Framework.
We do not have any other specific policies re the disclosure of Cafcass maintained data as you have requested.
I referred you to the policies around case recording and data security and confidentiality which touch on the processing of data within Cafcass.
regards

Miss Jasvinder Jassal
Information Assurance & Data Handling Officer

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Dear Jassal, Jasvinder - Cafcass,

Many thanks for your clarification - I had overlooked the research governance framework you had attached.

Yours sincerely,

Lucy Reed

Jassal, Jasvinder - Cafcass, Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

No problem - please do contact [email address] further if you need to.
Regards

Miss Jasvinder Jassal
Information Assurance & Data Handling Officer

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