How we handle your data
The Legal Basis for Processing Personal Data
We collect & process personal data on a lawful basis (Children & Families Act 2014, Equality Act 2010).
We collect and hold personal information relating to children, young people, parents, foster carers and other family members; we may also receive information from schools, other local authorities, the Department for Education (DfE).
We use this personal data specifically to:
Fostering Agencies are required to pass on some information (but not the names of individual children) to relevant Local Authorities and Ofsted who use it to help with their policy development, Local Authority performance management and funding, and to assist with the development of good practice. Partner services (internal / external) are also provided with information to assist them with understanding the needs of children looked after by our Agency and this is used for the planning, commissioning and development of related services.
We may pass data to:
If you require more information about how the Department for Education store and use this data please go to the following websites:
You may decide you do not wish your personal information to be collected or shared, or may wish to set conditions on our use of it. In such cases we may not be able to provide the service you require, or may only be able to provide it in a limited way. We have a legal obligation to collect or use personal information to comply with the each Local Authorities legal duties.
We do not pass personal data to third parties for marketing, sales or any other commercial purposes.
Family Fostering respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal data. We comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, any subsequent replacement legislation and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018. We ensure that your personal data is processed fairly and kept securely and for no longer than is necessary. It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and up to date, so please tell us if your personal details change during your relationship with us. If you are under 18, get your parent or guardian’s permission before you provide personal information to us. It is important you read this privacy when we are collecting or processing personal data about you. In doing so you can be fully aware of how and why we are using your data.
We may use equality data such as ethnic, gender, sexual orientation and age information to compile statistics in order to comply with equality legislation and assist in planning services. Such data does not identify individuals or affect anyone’s entitlement to services.
You have the right to:
To exercise any of these rights please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, who is your Data Protection Lead for Family Fostering.
We have put in place security measures to prevent your personal data from being lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed inappropriately.
We also limit access to your personal data to colleagues and other third parties who have a need to know in order for our service to be provided. They will only process your personal data on our instructions and are subject to a duty of confidentiality.
We have procedures to deal with any suspected breach of the rules about personal data and will notify you and the regulator of a breach where we are required to do so.
Personal data will not be retained for longer than necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected.