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Data sharing is the exchange of information between parties to achieve common goals or for mutual benefit. It is a powerful tool that can:

  • facilitate co-ordinated planning across several organisations
  • enable more effective and efficient use of available resources
  • allow more accurate analysis
  • provide new ways of tackling existing issues
  • enable earlier, targeted intervention.

How do I know when to share information?

Unfortunately, there are no hard and fast rules about when and what to share. There are principles and good practice, but there are no simple answers in all circumstances. It is all about judgement and balancing responsibilities In multi-agency multi-way sharing arrangements it is the responsibility of every party to assess whether the information they are sharing could be defined as personal data and if so how they ensure that the sharing is compatible with the DPA.

What are we doing in Nottingham?

In Nottingham all partners meet to ensure that we share information whenever we can. We have created a simple process diagram to show you the steps to data sharing.

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