Privacy & Data Protection Policy
Information we collect
We collect information about you when you submit an enquiry form. This information includes contact details including your name, email address, telephone number and postal address. By continuing with the enquiry process, Family Fostering will be required to collect data categorised as sensitive personal data to help us understand your current situation as a potential Foster Carer or Staff Member. This may include but is not limited to your gender, marital status, sexuality, age, health and related experience. The enquiry process includes submitting an enquiry form via the website, email enquiries, telephone enquiries and the initial home visit.
Website visit information is collected using cookies. This information allows us to keep track of specific web-activity such as the number of visits to our website each month and frequent search enquiries - without being able to personally identify the user (unless they specifically tell us). More information on Cookies and how to restrict these is available below.
How will we use this information?
We collect information about you to process your enquiry and contact you about becoming one of our Foster Carers. You will be contacted by a senior member of the team by telephone or e-mail to discuss your enquiry, and subsequently arrange an initial home visit should you decide to continue further with this process.
We use the non-identifiable information gained from website cookies to analyse trends and statistics regarding how users use the website. This information helps us improve our web-based content, plan site enhancements, and measure the overall effectiveness of our website.
Enquiry form information will be stored locally on our secure server and web-server. These are managed for Family Fostering in accordance with GDPR to ensure the confidentiality of your personal information. Information given to us at this enquiry stage will be stored for a maximum of 13 months from the date of enquiry. This allows Family Fostering to report to OFSTED on our yearly enquiry figures, and no personal data is included in this report.
By making an enquiry you are agreeing to receive information on becoming a Foster Carer with Family Fostering. You will be contacted by a senior member of the team by telephone and/or email.
Access to your information and your right to be forgotten
What are Cookies?
Cookies are small files which are stored on your computer. They are designed to hold data specific to your website visit on our site.
Cookies help to improve your visit to our website by helping with the following:
- Remembering settings, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page
- Remembering information you’ve given (e.g. your postcode) so you don’t need to keep entering it
- Measuring how you use the website so it can be continuously developed and adapted to the needs of its users.
Please note that cookies can't harm your computer and we do not store personally identifiable information in cookies we use on our website.
We're giving you this information as part of our initiative to comply with General Data Protection Regulations and Data Protection Act 1998, while ensuring a clear and honest approach is set regarding your privacy upon using our website.
How to remove cookies
You can set your web browser to accept, block, or remove cookies from your computer - instructions for which can be found on the web-link at the end of this paragraph. Please be aware that some aspects and features of our website may not function as effectively if all cookies are blocked by your browser. For information and guidance on the removal or acceptance/blocking of cookies, please visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org
This website is built using Microsoft’s ASP.Net web technologies, as part of that we use the built in session cookie (ASP.Net_SessionID) to manage your session. When you navigate to the site, the server establishes a unique session which only lasts for the duration of your visit.
Measuring website usage – Google Analytics