It is very essential to have secure systems for recording and storing information in a social care settings. All information relating to service users must be kept confidential at all times, except when is legally required to disclose this information.
It is essential in care to maintain secure records to ensure that the confidentiality is maintained, the rights of individuals are maintained in order to promote trust. Also when maintain information we will be able to help prevent identity theft.
The information I handle about the service users may contain details of medical history, family background and financial information. To maintain confidentiality and to promote trust this information must be kept saved on computers protected by password or in a manual system kept in locked cabins and secure rooms. In this way it is easier to locate information. As support worker, I must record information to ensure a clear handover to the next shift. These records must be kept safe and nobody who is unauthorized should access them.
When I need to collect some personal information about the service user, I must get as much information as I need, and I can only use it for the purpose it was collected for. The information must be stored securely and it is not allowed to be kept for longer than necessary.