All adults working in the school, including volunteers and students, should be aware of the confidential nature of personal information about children and their families and maintain that confidentiality. Children’s work, stage of development, ability, health/illness and behaviour are all highly confidential.
Whilst working in school, staff will come into contact with confidential information. To enable everyone who uses and works in school and nursery to do so with confidence we will ensure that:
- We discourage gossip
- We encourage discretion
- We comply with the data protection act
- We give sufficient information to other staff, (without detail) to prepare them to act with a sensitivity if a child is experiencing difficulties of any kind
- In the case of suspected child abuse, not to promise confidentiality to a child when it might not be possible to keep those promises if a child is to receive help
- We keep confidential material in a safe place.
- We only pass on confidential information to those members of staff who need to know.
- We consult parents and seek permission before outside agencies e.g. Speech and Language are contacted.
- Confidential information about their child will be available to parents on request.
- Confidential information about staff will be kept by the Headteacher and will be available to staff on request.
All staff will be given a copy of this policy and be required to sign a confidentiality agreement.
Failure of employees to comply with this policy could result in disciplinary action being taken (Education Act 1997).
Safeguarding: Children’s welfare is of paramount importance. All members of staff have a duty to report to the headteacher any information which might have a bearing on children’s safety. All other adults working in school have a duty to pass on any information to teachers if anything suspicious occurs during their time in school. This information (which might become part of a broader picture) will be passed on in confidence. The headteacher will decide if further action is necessary.