I wrote this guidance as part of my work with the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. I hope you find it helpful – please comment below with any suggestions for updates or changes or to outline helpful experiences you’d like to share.
In our work with schools and other organisations, we are often asked questions about how to tackle the issue of confidentiality when working with vulnerable pupils. We have provided some suggestions to guide your thinking which we hope will prove valuable to yourself or your colleagues. Many staff will feel completely comfortable with this topic, but we know from experience that many staff would appreciate some support. This guidance is written in the spirit of supporting the good practice we see in schools every day and draws on the knowledge of many experienced colleagues who have learnt by doing and also reflects the opinions of young people who we regularly consult in our work.
When in doubt, colleagues should always be encouraged to discuss any concerns with their child protection officers.
We hope that child protection officers and other experienced staff will find this guidance a useful starting point when exploring the many issues surrounding confidentiality with colleagues.