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[Comment] Safeguarding children and improving their care in the UK

The Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Act 2015 came into force after it received Royal assent in the UK Parliament on March 26, 2015.1 One of its purposes is to enable integration of information for the users of adult health and social services in England and allow sharing of an individual’s information for the purposes of providing health or social care services to that individual. The Act specifies that a consistent identifier for the individual must be included in the information processed provided that it facilitates the provision of services to the individual and is in his or her best interests.