Children’s and families services

Why we collect information about you
  • to provide fostering and adoption services and support to those individuals involved in that process
  • to deliver care and support to meet the social care needs of children and young people and their families
  • safeguarding and protecting children and young people from harm
  • supporting children and young people with disabilities
  • providing Children’s Centres offering information and advice to families in the community
  • children’s health services including health visiting, children and young people’s nursing, vaccinations and immunisations and general support an advice
  • commissioning health and social care services to meet the needs of children and young people both in the community and residential settings
  • to ensure the availability of early years provision
  • to support children and young people in education, including education psychology, education welfare, special education needs and learning support
  • to provide financial support required to meet social care needs
  • to process applications and grant licenses in respect of children in employment and entertainment
  • rehabilitation support for young offenders and youth justice
  • compliance with regulatory/inspection regimes (e.g. Oftsted and Care Quality Commission)
  • improving service performance
  • reporting and completion of statutory returns to central government
What type of information we may collect
  • name, date of birth, address and other contact information
  • personal circumstances to enable assessment of eligibility for services
  • care needs
  • financial information
  • unique identification numbers such as NHS and National Insurance numbers
  • details of alleged and convicted criminal offences

We may also process some special category (sensitive) data such as:

  • physical or mental health details
  • racial or ethnic origin
  • sex life or sexual orientation
  • religious or other beliefs
Lawful bases for processing information about you
  • necessary to comply with a legal obligation
  • necessary to perform a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority
  • necessary for the provision of social care and the management of social care systems and services
  • necessary for reasons of substantial public interest
How we may collect your information
  • provided to us directly by you
  • provided by another individual, such as a carer or family member
  • provided by another organisation involved in the provision of services such as healthcare, social and welfare organisations
Who we may share your information with
  • organisations and professionals involved in the provision of services such as healthcare, schools, social and welfare organisations
  • police forces and other law enforcement and prosecuting authorities
  • disclosure and Barring Service
  • other local authorities and district councils
  • voluntary and charitable organisations involved in providing children’s and families services
  • health and social care regulators
How long we hold your information for

We are required to retain your information for as long as is necessary, after which it will be securely destroyed.

Further information on retention periods is available through our customer privacy notice.

Your information rights

You have several rights in relation to the information that the council holds about you. For information about your rights, when they might apply and how to make a request to exercise them, please see our customer privacy notice.

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