Sharing information to

help children and youth

Youth involved in several different systems—schools, child welfare,

mental health, and juvenile justice agencies—are more likely to thrive

when the professionals working with them share information.

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Explore through e-learning how 

information sharing can help Michael.

With these scenario-based e-learning activities, you'll

learn how to share information legally and effectively.

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What do confidentiality laws really say?

A concise overview of confidentiality laws so you can learn how to share sensitive information lawfully.

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Three high school students talking after school
Michael rests his head on the desk, looking bored.
Two adults looking at information-sharing law together and talking


What is Information Sharing?

When children and youth are working with professionals in schools and other systems, it’s important for the professionals to share information about how individual youth are being served. Sharing information in compliance with federal and state laws can enable schools and community agencies to coordinate their services and prevent youth from “falling through the cracks.”

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Our engaging, scenario-based e-learning activities and case examples explore real-life information-sharing dilemmas. You’ll learn how to make decisions about sharing information and comply with relevant laws and regulations.

E-learning Activities


  • Sharing information provides a more seamless experience for families, and helps us serve children cost-effectively -- we don't waste time gathering information that other agencies already have.

    Dr. Joseph Christy, Former Director
    Washington County Juvenile Department, Oregon

    Information sharing should be an integral part of every school and community’s approach to serving the whole child.

    Dr. Jan Osborn, Superintendent of Schools
    Putnam County Educational Service Center, Ohio
  • When schools and law enforcement share information about youth in need, it helps the young person, the school, and the community.

    Troy Davenport, Deputy Chief of Police, Pueblo, CO