Adults at risk, confidentiality and disclosure of information

We have seen that a refusal to disclose information by a competent adult can be overridden in order to protect a third party, such as a child who may be in the household, from a risk of serious harm. It becomes more difficult where an adult refuses to disclose information in order to protect him or herself.

A refusal of disclosure by a patient should not result in them being abandoned by services. Care and support should continue to be offered.

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