Guy Herbert wrote:
Please note that this is not opting-out - the original post is misleadingly titled. All it does (in theory) is reduce the size of the set of officials who have access to certain personal details stored on ContactPoint.
Here's the relevant section from the ContactPoint Shielding fact sheet:
Access to shielded records
In order to ensure that ContactPoint does not inadvertently confirm or indicate the whereabouts of a child or young person with a shielded record, a practitioner will only be able to find a child record by inputting information that is visible on a shielded record. No records will be returned if a search is made using information from any non-visible field.
Relevant people in local authority ContactPoint Management Teams will have access rights to view hidden information on shielded records so they can, where there are child protection concerns, ‘broker’ contact between users working with the same child/young person.
Users with child protection responsibilities such as police officers or social workers may be granted an access right that enables them to override the shield and gain access to the hidden information on a shielded record. An attempt to override the shield will prompt a message reminding the user that accessing the shielded record will trigger an immediate investigation. Where users choose to proceed, they will only be able view the hidden information until they log out of the record. If they require access to the same information again, they will have to repeat the process. If another user searches for the child record, it would still appear shielded to them.
Whole factsheet available from various local authorities, such as: http://www.barnsley.gov.uk/bguk/Health_ ... ntactPoint