Privacy and Children and Young People

Services such as Education, Social Care and Early Help, which aim to protect vulnerable children and their families, as well as supporting improved public health and wellbeing, may collect, use and share special category data as defined by the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Act 2018. The provision of these services by the local authority is defined primarily in the Education Act 2016, Childcare Act 2016, Children’s Act (1989 and 2004), the Children and Social Work Act 2014 and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.

We collect and use your personal information so we can provide you with these statutory services and other support services. The information we collect may be shared between council services and with other organisations, such as the police, educational establishments (such as early years settings, schools and colleges), health services, and social care organisations (such as GPs and hospitals) who provide you with services.

The council may receive personal information from third parties, for example a student’s unique identifier number to support education requirements or the NHS numbers of people receiving support from social care from health services. We do not disclose or share this sensitive or confidential information without your freely given, informed, unambiguous, explicit consent, except in a small number of situations where disclosure is allowed by law, or where we have good reason to believe that failing to do so would put you or someone else at risk.