Sharing information about children

Some people and organisations can share information about a child or family if it relates to safety and wellbeing.

These people and organisations are called 'authorised information sharers' (AIS).

They can share certain details under part 5.1A the Care and Protection of Children Act 2007.

This applies even if other Northern Territory (NT) laws would normally prohibit or restrict disclosure.

Read below to find out:

  • who can legally share details about children and families
  • what types of information they are allowed to share.

Who can share information

Authorised information sharers can only share information with other AISs.

An AIS includes all of the following:

  • registered foster carers
  • NT public sector staff or contractors engaged by an agency who provide a service for or in connection with children
  • police officers
  • school principals
  • registered or authorised teachers
  • staff of non-government organisations who receive Australian or NT Government funding to provide a service for children or young children
  • doctors, nurses, psychologists and other health professionals registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law to practise a health profession - other than students
  • public servants including CEOs of government agencies, who are acting under an NT law in relation to a child
  • lawyers
  • people employed by NGOs who provide drug or alcohol treatment
  • a person who provides services to people with disabilities.

Information that can be shared

The information must relate to the child's safety and wellbeing.

It can include the following:

  • history of dealing with a child
  • details of people posing a risk to them
  • current care arrangements
  • details of relationships with family members
  • issues about their siblings, parents or other family members
  • health and treatment needs
  • psychological, behavioural or emotional difficulties
  • educational, developmental, religious or cultural needs
  • disabilities
  • allergies and dietary requirements
  • details of parent’s mental health, substance misuse, disability or history of domestic violence.

Check if you can share or request information

Answer the questions below to find out.


When you can't share information

You should not share information if you believe it could:

  • be (or possibly be) against the law in the NT to share the information
  • negatively impact a coronial inquest or inquiry
  • go against the privacy rules that exist between lawyers and their clients
  • confirm the existence or identity of a confidential source of information in relation to law enforcement
  • put a person's life in danger or put their physical safety at risk
  • negatively impact an investigation into an offence committed in the NT.

Contact

For guidelines and resources on information sharing, go to the Territory Families, Housing and Communities website.

To find out more about information sharing, call 1800 565 935.

Last updated: 16 October 2020

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