Minister hails Norfolk data sharing talks

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Police, health groups and the prison service have pledged to work more closely with each other to share information following talks led by Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner, Stephen Bett.

The commitment was made at a meeting held at police headquarters in Wymondham on Friday, which was also attended by care minister and the North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb.

Representatives of the police, area clinical commissioning groups, the prison service and the NHS agreed to come up with guidelines on the information that workers should and should not share.

The ideas will now be put to the Information Commissioner’s office, which decides how sensitive data should be handled, before further talks on sharing information are held later in the year.

Mr Bett said he was “delighted” with the outcome, adding: “Whilst I recognise that personal information needs to be safeguarded, I am committed to working with partners to share information that can be shared for the benefit of all and to help with the reduction of crime and prevention of re-offending.”

Mr Lamb added: “Appropriate information sharing can help protect some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”