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in what situations i would need to pass on confidential information?

i have just started working in a care setting and why would i do this?







Sarky
You would NOT pass confidential information without a court order.


Squiddly Diddly
They ask you this question when you foster children. Basically you never pass on confidential informaion unless its a need to know basis. E.g if a child has HIV, most people they come into contact with wouldnt need to konw, however, their doctor would need to know, and so would their carer. Their school would need to know. A neighbour picking them up from school however, wouldnt need to know, nor would the other parents in the school. See what I mean?


PokerChic
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You don't say what sort of care setting, what level you are at and what sort of confidential information you are referring to. Patients' medical records are protected. You cannot pass on any information relating to illnesses or treatment without the patient's written and knowing consent. You cannot tell a patient's partner that he has AIDS, for instance. You can't tell his boss that he is in a drug treatment program. Not without his consent. If you are not his doctor or his caseworker, you shouldn't be doing it even with his consent. If, however, you are involved in treating children and you suspect that the child is abused, you (or a doctor or nurse) may be required to inform the authorities. The same might apply to infirm elderly people or mental patients. Some people are protected by the law because they cannot protect themselves. If you see something like this, talk to your supervisor and they can look into it. Your place of work should have clear guidelines. Ask for the rules on this.


isurvived
This is dangerous. I strongly suggest that you follow up with your employer to know your obligations and responsibilities. This is grounds for being fired as well as for legal action. It IS in your best interest to know this.


LittleBarb
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working in a "care setting" does not necessarily give you protection from having to pass on confidential information... A priest, a DOCTOR and a lawyer are protected by law but others are NOT. However, if it is a written stipulation of your employment to keep things confidential, then you CAN be subject to being fired should you pass on anything confidential.... Employers commonly make possible employee candidates sign a "statement of confidentiality" in which is specifically states that the employee CANNOT divulge any information he or she learns while performing his or her job duties... Such is the case of lets say IRS employees...and many many others. The only times you would NEED to pass on confidential information would be if you were given a court order (subpoena) do do so... in that case, you still COULD be subjected to dismissal if this court order went against the "statement of confidentiality" you signed upon becoming employed... if something is CONFIDENTIAL, then in no other way should anyone PASS IT ON.







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