Confidentiality

We know that confidentiality is really important to people who use our services.

We try to keep everything discussed between us confidential. However, if we are really worried about your safety, we may give someone else information to protect you. This happens very rarely and we will always aim to let you know first. If you want to know more about this then just ask.

Addaction has a robust and comprehensive Safeguarding Policy in place to protect all of our service users, their families and our staff from any harm. We firmly believe that safeguarding is everyone’s business.

We will need to keep information about you for the following reasons:

  • So that we can remember what is talked about with you
  • So that we can keep you safe from harm

The information that we keep will be in the form of paper records and computer records.

When we are not using it, it will be kept securely.

We also need to collect information to send to the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (a government office that monitors how we provide treatment). This information will not be used to identify you but will be used to write reports and to show how drug and alcohol treatment works across the country.

The local Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) also wants to know about how many people come to see us so that it can tell other people what is happening about drugs and alcohol in local areas but, again, the information will not identify you.

You may also agree with your key worker that we can share information about you with other services or people that help you.

Workers will talk to you about confidentiality and what it means and how it may affect you.