Oranga Tamariki has released new guidance on requesting, sharing, and using personal information.
Sharing information about an individual is often essential to their health, safety and wellbeing.
For social service agencies and their employees to do their job effectively, they often have to consult with each other to ensure that the right kind of intervention is made at the right time. To do this, they need to share information while remaining on the right side of laws around personal, health and other information.
New provisions covering information sharing arrangements have been added to the The Family Violence Act 2019 and the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989. These provisions take effect from 1 July 2019. Guidance previously issued by our office will only apply on the rare occasion where these new laws do not apply.