Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781861349064 Published July 2008 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781861349057 Published July 2008 For sale in North and South America only

Private and Confidential?

Handling Personal Information in the Social and Health Services

Edited by Chris Clark and Janice McGhee

Private and Confidential?
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Edited by Chris Clark and Janice McGhee

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

256 pages | 6 x 9 1/4 | © 2008
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781861349064 Published July 2008 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781861349057 Published July 2008 For sale in North and South America only
Handling personal and often sensitive information is central to daily practice in social and health services. However, the increasing emphasis on multi-disciplinary and inter-agency working required for effective, joined-up services presents new challenges and dilemmas in preserving citizens' rights to privacy. This book examines key philosophical, ethical and legal issues in the area of privacy and confidentiality and explores their implications for policy and practice. ,Offering a range of analytical frameworks the book focuses on different practice areas, including health and social care, children's services and criminal justice. The contributors from disciplines including law, philosophy, anthropology and the personal service professions bring their direct personal experience of working to create new systems and practices in a turbulent policy environment. The book provides a synoptic multi-disciplinary view of this increasingly challenging area where technological development, civil liberties, surveillance, health and welfare become inexorably intertwined.The book will be of key interest to professionals, managers, policy makers and academics in the health and personal social services. Students of social work, probation, medicine, nursing and professions allied to medicine will find a common multidisciplinary framework for their respective professional concerns to protect the interests and promote the wellbeing of clients, their families and the wider community.
Notes on contributors

      Janice McGhee and Chris Clark
Part One: Professional confidentiality revisited
1. Personal information and the professional relationship: issues of trust, privacy and welfare
      Cynthia Bisman
2. Confidentiality, trust and truthfulness in professional relationships
      Chris Clark
3. Confidentiality in practice: non-Western perspectives on privacy
      Ian Harper
4. Ethical practice in joined-up working
      Ian E. Thompson
Part Two: Balancing individual privacy with the right to information
5. The right to privacy and confidentiality for children: the law and current challenges
      Lilian Edwards and Rowena Rodrigues
6. Public protection in practice: Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA)
      Hazel Kemshall and Jason Wood
7. The right to information in practice: adoption records, confidentiality and secrecy
      Gary Clapton
Part Three: Working together
8. Confidentiality and information sharing in child protection
      Janice McGhee
9. Working with children and young people: privacy and identity
      Peter Ashe
10. Working with adults with incapacity
      Susan Hunter and Lisa Curtice
11. Working together? Sharing personal information in health and social care services
      Val Baker
      Chris Clark and Janice McGhee

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