Capacity and Competence

Children and young people you work with should understand concerns you raise and decisions you make with them so long as they are competent.


  • A 10-step guide to sharing information

    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) provides guidance that aims to build confidence about sharing information when you have concerns that a child or young person is at risk of harm. The guidance is for any organisation that works with children and sets out 10 steps around being clear about data protection, identifying objectives for sharing information and following the data protection principles.

  • Transition to university- sharing safeguarding concerns

    This article by legal firm, Farrer & Co, covers the mutual roles and responsibilities of schools and universities when an adult student with safeguarding concerns transitions to higher education, and how to create a policy to establish a legal defence for sharing safeguarding information.

  • The seven golden rules to sharing information

    Poster adapted from the guidance in Information sharing: Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers (2018).

  • Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners

    Guidance on information sharing for people who provide safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers.

  • Data protection: a toolkit for schools

    The document provides 9 steps that it is felt can help schools efficiently develop the culture, processes and documentation required to be compliant with the strengthened legislation and effectively manage the risks associated with data management.

  • Information sharing: what do schools need to know?

    Part of our safeguarding insights section, this is a more in-depth look at the requirements around information sharing, barriers that may get in the way and the relevant laws.

  • Who knows what about me?

    The Office of the Children’s Commissioner has released a report looking at the way that data about children’s lives is increasingly being shared from before they are born, with there then being an exponential increase when they create their own social media accounts. This report looks at the potential implications of this data being available and steps that can be taken to help children and young people protect themselves.