“A common theme in child abuse reviews is that vulnerable children could have been protected from harm, if involved professionals had had access to information held elsewhere. We have learned that access to the right information at the right time can make all the difference. There can no longer be any excuse for failing to protect a child if any one of us has information that they are at risk” - Rt Hon. Sir Anand Satyanand, Advisory Expert Group on Information Security Chair
Sharing information between appropriate practitioners and agencies about a vulnerable child is essential in order for them to identify risks and the needs of the child early. It is essential for understanding the underlying issues of the child and family/whānau so that services can fully address their needs.
The AISA has been introduced to support the Vulnerable Children’s Hub, the point of contact for practitioners and professionals who have concerns about a vulnerable child.
The AISA was recommended by the Advisory Expert Group in Information Security, chaired by Sir Anand Satyanand, to clarify the legal framework for information sharing by Children’s Teams.
AEGIS provided advice to the Vulnerable Children’s Board about information sharing and security aspects of the Children’s Action Plan. The AEGIS members were Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand (Chair), Carl Davidson, Dr Murray Milner and Rob Laking.
When we developed the AISA, we carried out intensive and targeted consultation from October to December 2014 with our stakeholders including the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, the Children’s Commissioner, the Families Commission and the Human Rights Commission. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner has been involved and supportive throughout the process.