Concerns over information-sharing may deter young people from using services

Young people could be deterred from using “sensitive” services such as family planning by concerns about the confidentiality of the government’s planned information-sharing index, according to a report today from the office of England’s children’s commissioner, Al Aynsley-Green.

Although the index will only record the use of “sensitive services” with the consent of young people or carers and access to this information will be strictly controlled, young people surveyed for the commissioner by the NSPCC feared that information held on the database could be inaccurate or fall into the wrong hands.

The report said young people might be reluctant to access family planning and mental health services if they thought details on the database, which will contain basic information on all children in England, would have an impact on their privacy.

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