Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) Programme board: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/02112
Date received: 8 August 2018 
Date responded: 4 September 2018
Information requested

“Can I please have a copy, or all the information contained therein, of report GIRPB/07/07 noted in the minutes of the Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) Programme Board minutes of meeting on 11th September 2012.”


Paper GIRPB/07/07 was a discussion paper for members of the GIRFEC Programme Board, that met on the 11th September 2012. The minute is available at: and the paragraph on this discussion paper is as follows:
“8. Information Sharing: Risk to wellbeing leading to significant harm
Allan Moffat presented the paper on sharing concerns about a child’s wellbeing (GIRPB/07/07), highlighting the difficulties in sharing information where a concern is below the level of a child protection concern. The board agreed that engagement with the Scottish Information Commissioner should take place in order to open a discussion on the extent to which information could be shared without consent if there was a concern that there was a risk or potential risk to wellbeing. 

Action: Engage with the Scottish Information Commissioner to open a discussion on sharing concerns about a child’s wellbeing. Board Members to indicate if they wish to be involved in discussions.”

The Scottish Government and some GIRFEC Programme Board members met with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on 23rd November 2012. Information on this meeting was released in FOI/18/01813 and can be accessed at: 

You may wish to be aware that the ICO, rather than the Scottish Government, chose to issue an independent statement to local authorities, health boards and Police Scotland on 28th March 2013, titled "Information Sharing Between Services in Respect of Children and Young People." To be clear, this advice was not authored by the Scottish Government. This statement can be accessed at:
I enclose a copy of the information that you have requested. This can be found in Annex A.
While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide a small amount of the information you have requested because an exemption under section 38(1)(b) (personal information) of FOISA applies to that information.

This exemption applies because it is personal data of a third party, containing the names of individuals, and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Article 5(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation and in section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018. This exemption is not subject to the ‘public interest test’, so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption.

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Central Enquiry Unit 
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