What is the temporary transfer function?
The temporary transfer functionality in Child Link makes it easy to manage short-term absences for Active Authorisers. It allows a Temporary Authoriser to stand-in for an Active Authoriser, ensuring there is continued oversight and management of Child Link Users while the Active Authoriser is away.
The temporary transfer function must be used when you, an Active Authoriser, are unable to perform your authoriser responsibilities for a period up to 3 months. This may be for reasons such as short-term secondment or redeployment, or short-term leave. The transfer can be applied for up to 30 days at a time, and re-applied up to a consecutive period of 3 months.
For more information on the temporary transfer functionality, including your obligations, please see the Child Link guidance on Authoriser roles and responsibilities, available in Child Link.
Who can be a Temporary Authoriser?
The Temporary Authoriser must be a person who is permitted to perform authorisation functions in your organisation, in accordance with the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005. This may be a person who is formally acting in your role, or in another role that also has authorisation responsibilities.
If the Temporary Authoriser is new to Child Link authorisation, they will need to meet all pre-requisite criteria for being an Active Authoriser to be set up in Child Link. The Temporary Authoriser will not have access to confidential information about children and their families in Child Link unless they are also an authorised Child Link User.
At the end of the temporary transfer period, Child Link Users will be transferred from the Temporary Authoriser back to the Active Authoriser. Any Child Link Users that the Temporary Authoriser has added or removed during the period will also be transferred over.
When does a temporary transfer not apply?
Where an Active Authoriser is unable to perform their role for over 3 months, they will need to be offboarded from Child Link and a new Active Authoriser will need to be set up, who meets the relevant pre-requisites. The Child Link Help Desk can facilitate the offboarding of the Active Authoriser, set up of a new Active Authoriser, and the transfer of Child Link Users between the incoming and outgoing Active Authoriser.
For more information on Active Authoriser onboarding and offboarding, please see the Child Link Authoriser Roles and Responsibilities link below.
How does it work?
Watch the instructional video for an overview.
For more information on the temporary transfer functionality, including your obligations, please see:
This practice guidance can also be accessed in Child Link.
For more information on Child Link, please see our Child Link page or contact the Department of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org
Reviewed 20 April 2023