Sharing and use of information — Policy

What's Important To Us

The purpose of information sharing is to provide responsive, effective services to children/young people and their families. Personal information must be kept safe, secure and available for the purpose of delivering better service.

This policy outlines the expectations around information gathered by Oranga Tamariki, including notifier confidentiality and the sharing of information with others.

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Use of information

The use of information is a complex area of work that is governed by the Privacy Act 1993. Accessing and using information that has been gathered for one matter cannot automatically be used to assist with another matter. In some situations, consent/consultation may be required from the person the information is about before the information can be used in another matter. For example where:

  • the information is historical
  • use of the information may place a party at risk of harm
  • there has been little recent contact, or a poor relationship exists, between involved parties
  • the current case is likely to receive media attention
  • the current case is likely to arouse high levels of emotion in involved parties
  • the information may be used at a family group conference or in the Family Court.

Where there is uncertainty about the appropriateness of using information previously collected in relation to another matter, legal advice must be obtained. Once this has occurred, social workers are to keep a record of the reason for any decisions made regarding use, consultation, and attempts made to locate and obtain consent.