OCMW protests at proposed law to lift confidentiality
The directors of Brussels’ 19 welfare departments are protesting today in downtown Brussels against a proposed law that they say would strip them of their rights to client confidentiality
The collective of directors has described the proposal as “pointless and dangerous”. Their counterparts in Flanders and Wallonia have expressed similar concerns.
They point out that the law as it exists obliges them to report, despite professional confidentiality, cases involving criminal activity or danger to the people they are involved with. They also fear legal action in the case where the new law’s “serious indications” turn out not to be serious enough.
“It’s important to combat terrorism, but not in this way,” Roland Vandenhove, OCMW chair in Molenbeek, told Bruzz. “This is a danger to the bond between social workers and their clients.”
The protest is due to take place today at 13.30 in front of the Justice Palace in Brussels. The social workers will be joined by a delegation from anti-poverty group Netwerk tegen armoede.
“Some cases do have to be tracked, but the existing law works well enough,” a spokesperson said. “There is no need to risk confidentiality.”