Sharing information guidelines

The Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 authorises certain professionals to share information with Child Protection and Family Services (including Child FIRST intake teams) about vulnerable children and families.

Sharing information is important because effective service provision relies upon all relevant information being available. In addition, the most vulnerable families often need assistance from more than one agency, and information needs to be shared for these agencies to work effectively together.

For more information, see Guidelines for the sector and Guidelines for professionals.

The following information sharing guidelines will assist professionals to know when to share information:

Professionals authorised to provide support to vulnerable children and their families include children's services managers, disability services managers, medical practitioners, family violence, school teachers, nurses, psychologists, public servants and relevant professions from health services.

The following quick reference guides will assist in understanding when to share information: