Sharing while caring: Five principles for data ethics in children’s services

Putting ethics at the core of digital transformation and data science in local government

Sharing data enables conversations, meaning social workers can do their job more effectively and ensure that more children and families receive appropriate support.

1. Be clear about the purpose of data sharing

Example of an individual’s service involvement information (using dummy data) shown in the first release of the Family Context tool.

2. Use the minimum data to achieve the purpose

3. Understand the limitations of the data

4. Work transparently with people to build trust

5. Work in the open and be accountable

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