Confidentiality in Social Care.

Sara Williamson made this Freedom of Information request to Lancashire County Council

The request was successful.

Sara Williamson

Dear Sir or Madam,

I work in Social Care and am interested in the confidentiality procedures as regards Lancashire County Council. I note that Lancashire County Council’s discipline hearings there have been 22 disciplinary cases at County Hall in the past 12 months. One case involved a breach of the code of conduct in not maintaining confidentiality.

Please treat this as a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I am interested in the obligations of the County Council to service user confidentiality.

Can you please send me any policies/procedures applicable to Social Care workers and confidentiality?

Are Social Care workers under a legal obligation to always respect service user confidentiality unless there are good reasons to not do so?

What are the reasons when obligations of confidentiality can be ignored?

Are Social Care workers subject to a Code of Conduct governing their obligations to service user confidentiality?

Please provide this Code of Conduct.

Is there any kind of employee handbook or confidentiality policy that Social Care workers have to sign?

Please provide a copy of that employee handbook (or relevant
page/s) or the confidentiality policy document.

Yours faithfully,

SARA.

Freedom of Information, Lancashire County Council

Dear Ms Williamson

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

We are writing to acknowledge receipt of your email dated 27^th February
2009, in which you request the disclosure of information under the
provisions of the above Act.

We have begun a search for the information you require and shall contact
you again when we are in a position to respond further. Should we envisage
any delays, or require more details from you, we will contact you
immediately.

In the meantime, if you have any queries about the above, please do not
hesitate to contact us, quoting ref. RFI 163/2009.

Yours sincerely,

On behalf of the Freedom of Information Team

Freedom of Information

Access to Information Team

Lancashire County Council

PO Box 78

County Hall,

Preston

PR1 8XJ

Tel: 01772 531116

Fax: 01772 530949

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Freedom of Information, Lancashire County Council

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Dear Ms Williamson

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Further to your email dated 27^th February 2009, in which you request the
disclosure of information under the provisions of the above Act, we are
now in a position to respond.

1. Can you please send me any policies/procedures applicable to
Social Care workers and confidentiality?

Please see the `GSCC Codes of Practice' and `County Council Code of
Conduct' attachments which detail the information you have requested.

2. Are Social Care workers under a legal obligation to always
respect service user confidentiality unless there are good reasons to not
do so? What are the reasons when obligations of confidentiality can be
ignored?

Social Care Workers are always under a legal obligation to respect service
user confidentiality. The only circumstance where this would not apply
would be in the case of a Child Protection matter.

3. Are Social Care workers subject to a Code of Conduct governing
their obligations to service user confidentiality? Please provide this
Code of Conduct.

Social Care Workers are subject to a code of conduct governing their
obligations to service user confidentiality. Please see the attachment
`GSCC Code of Practice'

4. Is there any kind of employee handbook or confidentiality policy
that Social Care workers have to sign? Please provide a copy of that
employee handbook (or relevant page/s) or the confidentiality policy
document.

We can confirm that Social Care Workers and all Lancashire County Council
employees have to sign a Data Protection Act statement (please see
attached). All employees are also made aware that they have to maintain
confidentiality when handling data, as it is stated in their contract (an
extract of this is attached).

We trust that our response is to your satisfaction, but in the event that
you wish to complain about the manner in which your enquiry has been
handled, you should write in the first instance to The Freedom of
Information Officer, Lancashire County Council, PO Box 78, County Hall,
Preston PR1 8XJ, or email [1][Lancashire County Council request email]

If, after this stage, you remain dissatisfied, you have the right to refer
the matter to the Information Commissioner, whose contact details are as
follows:

The Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Tel: 01625 545700

Email: [2][email address]

Website: [3]http://www.ico.gov.uk

Your request will now be closed as of this date.

Yours sincerely

Freedom of Information

Lancashire County Council

PO Box 78

County Hall

Preston

PR1 8XJ

Tel: (01772) 531116

Fax: (01772) 530949

Email: [4][Lancashire County Council request email]

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