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Guardian for Children Calls for Privacy Rule Reform

PRIVACY LAW—SOUTH AUSTRALIA

November 12, 2010

State Guardian for Children Pam Simmons is calling for changes to privacy rules that prevent government agencies from sharing information about abused and neglected children, Adelaide Now reports. Simmons, whose calls for changes are echoed by Child Death and Serious Injury Review Committee chair Deej Eszenyi, has released examples of instances where abuse, neglect or death occurred because of a lack of intergovernmental information sharing amidst an ongoing debate about the privacy rules. "At the moment, if a (federally funded) health centre, for example, knows a child is at risk of suicide or serious harm from abuse or neglect, they can't immediately warn a state school without the individual's consent," Simmons said.
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