Exemptions from the duty of confidentiality
If you are employed in a school, kindergarten, the child protection services or in the social welfare sector, you need to obtain an exemption from the duty of confidentiality if you are to testify in court or give a statement to the police concerning an actual criminal offence. Exemptions from the duty of confidentiality are granted by the County Governor.
Even if the County Governor refuses to grant an exemption, the court still has the power to order you to testify. Conversely, the court may decide that you should not testify, even though the County Governor has granted you an exemption.
No exemption is necessary if the person protected by the duty of confidentiality agrees that the information may be released. Exemptions are also unnecessary in cases where the county social welfare board or the court is dealing with cases under the Child Protection Act.