GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became directly applicable as law in the UK on 25 May 2018.
GDPR does not affect the principles and best practice of information sharing when raising a safeguarding concern. The Cheshire East Safeguarding Adults Board (CESAB) work together to ensure the health, well-being and safeguarding of adults in need of care and support within the borough. This statement couples the Pan Cheshire Information sharing Agreement and aims to facilitate the lawful and secure sharing of information between partner agencies and designated workers working to safeguard adults at risk in Cheshire East. The Care Act 2014 sets out a clear legal framework for how local authorities and other parts of the system should protect adults at risk of abuse or neglect. Local authorities have a duty to make enquiries where an adult is experiencing or is at risk of experiencing abuse or neglect, and has duties to collaborate with partners generally and in specific cases. Under this safeguarding legislation, information about a person may be disclosed without their consent. When overriding a person’s wish for confidentiality, staff will be clear as to why this is being overridden and will document their reasons for doing so.
For the purposes of safeguarding adults at risk, the following GDPR Article 6 and 9 conditions may apply:
6(1)(e) ‘…for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority…’ and:
9(2)(b) ‘…is necessary for the purposes of carrying out the obligations and exercising the specific rights of the controller or of the data subject in the field of …social protection law in so far as it is authorised by Union or Member State law..’ in particular social protection law.
For further information please refer to Section 9, p.12, ‘The Lawful Basis for Safeguarding’ – The General Data Protection Regulation: Guidance on Lawful Processing, Information Governance Alliance.
Cheshire East Safeguarding & Dignity Awards 2018
Cheshire East Safeguarding and Dignity Awards 2018 event, took place on the 15 November, jointly hosted by Cheshire Safeguarding Adults and Children’s Boards at Congleton Town Hall.
The awards were an opportunity to celebrate and recognise good practice in organisations, teams, individual workers or volunteers with regards to treating people with dignity, and supporting and protecting children and adults at risk from abuse, harm or exploitation.
The awards celebrated 25 winners from across Cheshire East including two residents who won the public community award for noticing signs of abuse in a regular customer and reporting it to our safeguarding teams.
Councillor Janet Clowes, Cheshire East cabinet member for adult social care and integration, presented one of the awards and said:
“We see from the examples of what these people do, that it is extraordinary. It’s not just a day job it is a vocation, and as we’ve seen from real examples today, people have been protected and in some cases, lives saved”.
Congratulations to all our winners”.
Mental Capacity Act - Celebrating 10 years
Huge thanks to all partners that submitted photos for our 10 year celebration of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA).
The MCA was launched 10 years ago this week. The MCA is one of the most person centred and human rights focussed pieces of legislation that we have. However, it is only as good as the Professionals that apply it. So this 10th Birthday is our chance to fully celebrate all the act brings to practice including greater personal control, human rights and even the opportunity to make decisions that may seem unwise to many, but are not necessarily evidence of someone lacking the capacity to make decisions. It is an opportunity to challenge ourselves and other professionals about its application in order to get it right the first time. We know that when it is applied appropriately, the MCA enhances lives, changes lives and can even save lives!
More about the MCA will feature in our October newsletter.
Cheshire East Harmful Practices Group
Thematic Review of Deaths Following Accidental Dwelling Fires in Cheshire East
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service bulletins