Sharing information to protect children
Some people and organisations can share information about a child or family to help them work together for the safety and wellbeing of a child.
These people and organisations are called 'authorised information sharers'. They can share certain details under the Care and Protection of Children Act 2007. Read the law.
This page has information about who can legally share details about children and families. It also shows you what types of information they are allowed to share.
Authorised information sharers
Authorised information sharers can only share information about a child or group of children that relates to their safety and wellbeing. They are only allowed to share information with other authorised sharers.
Authorised information sharers include all of the following:
- registered foster carers
- police officers
- school principals
- registered or authorised teachers
- providers of registered childcare services
- people in charge of non-government organisations (NGOs) who provide a service connected to children
- people employed by NGOs who provide a service for or come into contact with children
- case managers working with children in the youth justice system
- doctors, nurses, psychologists and other health professionals registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law to practise a health profession - other than students
- people in charge of public or private hospitals
- public servants, including CEOs of government agencies, who are acting under Northern Territory law - eg: Department of Children and Families employees and corrections officers
Information that can be shared
Only some types of information can be shared about a child.
The information must relate to the child's safety and wellbeing and can include any of the following:
- history of dealing with a child
- current care arrangements
- details of relationships with family members
- issues about their siblings or other family members
- health and treatment needs
- psychological, behavioural or emotional difficulties
- educational, developmental, religious or cultural needs
- allergies and dietary requirements
- details of parent’s mental health, substance misuse, disability or history of domestic violence
- details of people posing a risk to them.
For guidelines and resources on information sharing go to the Department of Children and Families website.
To find out more about information sharing call 1800 288 424.
Last updated: 18 September 2017