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
- 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
- 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.
Last updated: 16 October 2020
Share this page: