Information sharing pre birth

Practitioners should involve parents to be in decision about sharing information, unless this would increase the risk to the unborn child.

Practitioners caring for a pregnant woman should always consider if the unborn child may be endangered by the adult’s condition, behaviour or lifestyle. This includes sharing information prior to the birth of a child to ensure protective plans are in place from pre birth.

In these circumstances when a pregnant woman refuses to information being shared, health professionals must discuss this refusal with the child protection advisor. Based on circumstances, action could be taken to share without consent. In all instances, the decision to share information does not rest with one individual.

The decision making process together with why, what and when and with whom information has been shared should be recorded in the individual’s notes. The recipient of the information should be informed of why we decided to share information