All workers have a duty of confidentiality to young people under 18 years, which is the same as the duty owed to any other person. Young people should expect that information about themselves or others that staff learns during the course of them accessing your service will remain confidential. Staff are here to listen not to tell.
Confidentiality will be introduced and explained to all young people to ensure they understand its meaning and implications.
In exceptional circumstances where a young person is at risk of some form of harm or abuse, or a crime has occurred, or young people are aged under 13 staff cannot guarantee confidentiality. You must in this instance follow your agreed Child Protection Procedures. In this situation the young person would be informed that the information needs to be shared with the relevant agency, unless to do so would be dangerous to the young person or others. Support would continue to be offered as appropriate.
Any young person under 16 years, accessing condoms or seeking information or guidance will be talked to in order to ascertain that they are mature enough and knowledgeable of their situation, the risks, the law, their rights and responsibilities as part of the Fraser Guidelines. Staff must ensure choice and consent are also explored and understood. Staff where possible would encourage young people to discuss their choices with parents or adult carers.
Young people should be given information about other services and signposted when necessary.
All condom distribution records and other personal information held should be stored in locked cabinets and held securely as part of the Data Protection Act. Only those staff responsible for these records would have access and they too are bound by a confidentiality policy. Statistical, non-personal data will be supplied to funders and Primary Care Trusts as agreed.
The Sexual Offences Act 2003 does not affect the duty of care and confidentiality of those providing Health Care and SRE to young people under 16 years.
YOUR HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE RECORD
We have legal duty to keep information about you confidential. We keep records about the treatment you receive. They may be written down (manual records) or kept on a computer (electric records). From time to time your health record will be shared with other professionals within the NHS for the benefit of your care.