Recording information sharing decisions

The Data sharing code of practice from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) provides a series of points to consider when recording an information sharing decision, including:

  • Recording your data sharing decision and your reasoning (regardless if you shared information)
  • If you did share information, recording:
    – What information was shared and for what purpose
    – Who it was shared with
    – When it was shared
    – Your justification for sharing
    – If the information was shared with or without consent

The Department for Education has already provided guidance on how to record decisions (PDF), which includes a template. This guidance represents current government advice on good practice and was produced as part of the Every Child Matters initiative.