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Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

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(1)A service provider or relevant authority must provide to the service provider in relation to a child or young person any information which the person holds which falls within subsection (2).

(2)Information falls within this subsection if the information holder considers that—

(a)it is likely to be relevant to the exercise of the named person functions in relation to the child or young person,

(b)it ought to be provided for that purpose, and

(c)its provision to the service provider in relation to the child or young person would not prejudice the conduct of any criminal investigation or the prosecution of any offence.

(3)The service provider in relation to a child or young person must provide to a service provider or relevant authority any information which the person holds which falls within subsection (4).

(4)Information falls within this subsection if the information holder considers that—

(a)it is likely to be relevant to the exercise of any function of the service provider or relevant authority which affects or may affect the wellbeing of the child or young person,

(b)it ought to be provided for that purpose, and

(c)its provision to the service provider or relevant authority would not prejudice the conduct of any criminal investigation or the prosecution of any offence.

(5)In considering for the purpose of subsection (2)(b) or (4)(b) whether information ought to be provided, the information holder is so far as reasonably practicable to ascertain and have regard to the views of the child or young person.

(6)In having regard to the views of a child under subsection (5), an information holder is to take account of the child’s age and maturity.

(7)The information holder may decide for the purpose of subsection (2)(b) or (4)(b) that information ought to be provided only if the likely benefit to the wellbeing of the child or young person arising in consequence of doing so outweighs any likely adverse effect on that wellbeing arising from doing so.

(8)The service provider in relation to a child or young person may provide to a service provider or relevant authority any information which the person holds which falls within subsection (9).

(9)Information falls within this subsection if the information holder considers that its provision to the service provider or relevant authority is necessary or expedient for the purposes of the exercise of any of the named person functions.

(10)References in this section to a service provider or a relevant authority include any person exercising a function on behalf of a service provider or relevant authority.

(11)Other than in relation to a duty of confidentiality, this section does not permit or require the provision of information in breach of a prohibition or restriction on the disclosure of information arising by virtue of an enactment or rule of law.

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