Explain how legal requirements and codes of practice affect the day to day work of a social care worker in relation to handling information.

Legal requirements and codes of practice ensure that social care workers handle information in the correct way and without breaking the law.

This means that personal and sensitive data is stored securely and is only accessible by those that are authorised to do so. Social care workers may only share information if it is absolutely necessary. They must respect the rights of the person that they have information about by obtaining their consent before sharing information about them and ensuring they keep this information confidential. Information must be kept up-to-date.