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Student mental health and information sharing

Who should attend

This session is aimed at higher education institutions, further education colleges and private providers and will be of particular interest to colleagues in the following roles: Registrar and Secretary, Chief Operating Officer, Pro Vice Chancellor, Principal, and members of senior leadership teams, Academic Registrar, Director of Student Services, Director of Student Support and Wellbeing, Head of Counselling, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Head of Estates, Head of Security, Head of Accommodation, Data Protection Officer, HR Director, Inhouse Lawyer, Governor, Chair and Clerk

Synopsis

This panel-style session will provide a forum for high level discussion of data sharing and confidentiality in the context of student mental health and wellbeing and will assist institutions to identify best practice. It will be chaired and facilitated by two of our legal experts specialising in student issues and privacy law.

There are a number of key data sharing issues currently facing higher education institutions and further education colleges in the context of student mental health and wellbeing. These issues give rise to important legal, practical and reputational considerations for institutions at a time of increased scrutiny of the pastoral support that institutions provide for their students and following the introduction of new UK data protection legislation and an increasing awareness by students of their privacy rights.Issues for discussion will include:

− when can institutions share personal data about a student’s physical or mental health with colleagues or with other third parties (including parents)?

− how can institutions balance their duty of care to students with their obligations under data protection legislation?

− can institutions obtain a lawful “up-front” consent from students on registration to share their sensitive personal data with third parties where concerns later arise about a student’s welfare?

− what is the position if a student who has consented to the sharing of their personal data later withdraws their consent?

− under data protection legislation, what does a student’s “vital interests” mean?

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