Sharing information to protect children

Some people and organisations can share information about a child or family to help them work together for the safety and wellbeing of a child.

These people and organisations are called 'authorised information sharers'. They can share certain details under the Care and Protection of Children Act 2007. Read the Act.

Go to the Northern Territory Government website to find out more about sharing information to protect children.

Guidelines for information sharing

Information sharing guidelines are intended for use by Northern Territory child protection workers and other authorised information sharers. 

The guidelines: 

  • describe the framework for information sharing in relation to child safety and wellbeing in the Northern Territory
  • assist authorised information sharers in understanding their obligations under the information sharing framework
  • assist authorised information sharers in establishing efficient and collaborative information sharing relationships with each other. 

The guidelines also provide guidance for authorised information sharers as to: 

  • what factors may be taken into account in the formation of a “reasonable belief” for the purposes of the information sharing framework
  • when consideration should be given to obtaining consent from a child, young person or family member before sharing information under the information sharing framework.

Download information sharing guidelines - July 2012 (1.6 mb).

Go to the Northern Territory Government website to find out more about sharing information to protect children.

Resources for information sharers

This section has resources for child protection workers and other authorised information sharers.

Fact sheets

Authorised information sharer letter templates

Authorised sharers can use and adapt the letter templates below when requesting or responding to information requests.

Last updated: 24 August 2016