The MSCP team supports and services the Partnership and Subgroups.
The team is based at:
Merton Civic Centre
London Borough of Merton
Merton Civic Centre
- Keith Makin – Merton SCP Independent Person (interim)
- Joanna Georgiades – Merton SCP Business Manager (interim)
- Carla Thomas – Merton SCP Training Officer
- Sheena Maclean – Merton SCP Administrator
Merton SCP Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Merton SCP Telephone: 020 8545 4866
Merton Child Death Overview Panel Single Point Of Contact: Lorraine Beckford, Merton CCG (tel: 020 8544 6128, fax: 020 3458 5408, MerCCG.email@example.com)
Designated Paediatrician: Dr. Benedicta Ogeah (tel: 020 8296 4852, firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you have something confidential to send to us, please DO NOT send it to the above email address; please contact us for details of how to send it securely.
MSCP information sharing
For details of how we process sensitive personal data, please see our Privacy Notices
The Government reissued its advice on Information sharing guidance for safeguarding practitioners in July 2018
To safeguard children and young people from harm it is important that we share information about them to make referrals, undertake assessments and provide multi-disciplinary services.
We must be careful to protect rights to privacy and only share information with consent or, if it is not possible or appropriate to get consent, to share without consent to protect someone.
The seven golden rules to sharing information
- Remember that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Data Protection Act 2018 and human rights law are not barriers to justified information sharing, but provide a framework to ensure that personal information about living individuals is shared appropriately.
- Be open and honest with the individual (and/or their family where appropriate) from the outset about why, what, how and with whom information will, or could be shared, and seek their agreement, unless it is unsafe or inappropriate to do so.
- Seek advice from other practitioners, or your information governance lead, if you are in any doubt about sharing the information concerned, without disclosing the identity of the individual where possible.
- Where possible, share information with consent, and where possible, respect the wishes of those who do not consent to having their information shared. Under the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 you may share information without consent if, in your judgement, there is a lawful basis to do so, such as where safety may be at risk. You will need to base your judgement on the facts of the case. When you are sharing or requesting personal information from someone, be clear of the basis upon which you are doing so. Where you do not have consent, be mindful that an individual might not expect information to be shared.
- Consider safety and well-being: base your information sharing decisions on considerations of the safety and well-being of the individual and others who may be affected by their actions.
- Necessary, proportionate, relevant, adequate, accurate, timely and secure: ensure that the information you share is necessary for the purpose for which you are sharing it, is shared only with those individuals who need to have it, is accurate and up-to-date, is shared in a timely fashion, and is shared securely (see principles).
- Keep a record of your decision and the reasons for it – whether it is to share information or not. If you decide to share, then record what you have shared, with whom and for what purpose.