Historically there have been many data sharing agreements (DSAs), all different, across London borough councils, police BCUs, CCGs, the Probation and London Ambulance Services, voluntary sector groups and more. There has been pressure on national or London-wide groups to agree multiple DSAs for the same purposes, complicated by the fact that different organisations have different geographical boundaries.
Signatories to a DSA are equal parties, but succeeding with an agreed DSA across so many partners is a struggle all of us face regularly. It sometimes occurs that relevant professionals are missed when drafting an agreement, and frustration and confusion occurs.
To improve this, a working group of professionals has achieved an unprecedented level of collaboration to develop one agreement, for a selection of DSAs, that all parties across London will sign.
These agreements are the outcome of a multi-agency working group with representation from local authorities, health and police, who have engaged with front line practitioners and other local agencies, like the voluntary sector.
As with any DSA, it is an agreement between equal partners and each organisation has a responsibility to ensure it is correct and reflects their situation. We hope that all parties can feel confident that an experienced group of professionals from multiple specialisms have included all relevant information and requirements.
The Multi-Agency Data Sharing Agreement, the first of the DSAs to be issued, is endorsed by the professionals that worked on it, and, collectively, by the Information Governance for London group (IGfL), and the London Child Safeguarding Partnership.
You can read the agreement here.
You can read FAQs about the agreement here.
All parties signing up to the agreement are advised to complete a Data Protection Impact Assessment. You can access the London Council's template DPIA here.
If you are an organisation who has not yet signed up to this agreement but would like to do so please contact us to confirm the name and designation of the individual signing up on behalf of the organisation here.
If you require any support in relation to the above please contact your data protection lead in the first instance.