Definition of information sharing agreements / protocols

Agreements that set out the lawful basis for the use of personal data by the public sector, across traditional organisational boundaries, to achieve better policies and deliver better services.

The law, rightly, puts in place safeguards for the use of individuals' data (Data Protection Act, Human Rights and common law) and there are organisational costs involved in meeting those conditions. It is important that those safeguards exist and are properly applied.

Data sharing can take place in a way that helps deliver the better services that we all want, while still respecting people's legitimate expectations about the privacy and confidentiality of their personal information.

Our pdf data sharing policy (397 KB)  sets out our obligations in relation to the sharing of personal data as outlined in the legislation

Information sharing agreements already in place

Types of organisations that we may share your personal data

  • Other Local and District Authorities,  including Social Services
  • Central Government
  • Various Housing Associations and Trusts
  • Public Health Service providers including NHS agencies such as GP, Hospitals, Ambulance Services, Health Visitors, Mental Health Services
  • Police Forces, including community crime reduction groups
  • Substance misuse agencies
  • Fire and Rescue Services
  • Neighbourhood Watch Wardens
  • Schools
  • Hospital Trusts
  • Care Provides including Day Care, Carers, Nursing Care Homes, Residential Homes and Hospices
  • Crown Prosecution Services
  • Prison Service
  • Credit Reference Agencies,
  • Children's Trust
  • Safeguarding Teams
  • Contractors and Suppliers