This document provides information on the pieces of legislation which may provide statutory agencies and those acting on their behalf with statutory powers to share information.

This guidance is for practitioners who have to make decisions about sharing personal information on a case-by-case basis, whether they are working in the public, private or voluntary sectors or providing services to children, young people, adults and/or families.

The guidance is also for managers and advisors who support these practitioners in their decision making and for others with responsibility for information governance.


  • Introduction
  • The Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Convention of Human Rights
  • Common law duty of confidentiality
  • Data Protection Act 1998
  • Specific legislation containing express powers or which imply powers to share information