Why we use your data

We use your data for:

  • statutory requirements such as reporting to government
  • service delivery
  • service improvement and planning
  • regulatory and enforcement functions
  • prevention and detection of crime
  • financial transactions
  • research including consultations
  • safeguarding children and adults
  • equality monitoring

In children’s social care, your data is also used to:

  • support children and monitor their progress
  • identify children as part of the Child Protection-Information Sharing programme
  • provide them with pastoral care
  • assess the quality of our services
  • evaluate and improve our policies on children’s social care
  • identify families eligible for inclusion in Troubled Families Programme
  • track families included on Troubled Families Programme
  • track Troubled Families Programme payment by results claims
  • do Troubled Families Programme spot checks
  • monitor equality

Why we can use your data

We can use your data if it is a legal obligation or public task under various UK laws including but not limited to:

  • The Children Act 1989, 2004
  • The Health & Social Care Act 2012
  • The Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Act 2015
  • The Education (Information About Individual Pupils) (England) Regulations 2013
  • The Children and Social Work Act 2017
  • The Care Act 2014
  • The Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Mental Health Act 1983, 2007

The Local Safeguarding Children & Adults Boards Regulations 2006 (SI 2006/90) will also use your data under:

  • The Localism Act 2011
  • The Crime and Disorder Act 1998
  • The Welfare Reform Act 2012
  • The Childcare Act 2006
  • The Equality Act 2010

We can also use your data if you’ve consented by taking part in consultations.

Who we can share your data with

We can share your data with:

  • judicial agencies such as courts
  • police and other crime enforcement agencies
  • Children’s Social Care Services
  • Adult Social Care Services
  • The Department for Education (for Children’s Social Care) and their agencies
  • probation services
  • health agencies
  • GP Surgeries
  • housing and housing support providers
  • education providers
  • other local authorities
  • Substance Misuse Teams
  • education providers including early years providers, pre and post-16
  • Youth Offending Service
  • Government agencies such as Department of Work and Pensions
  • Safeguarding Boards
  • voluntary sector partners
  • prepaid cards providers
  • direct payment support services
  • universities (social workers training)
  • Care Quality Commission
  • Disclosure and Barring Service
  • domiciliary, residential, nursing home and day care providers
  • transport or community link providers
  • supported living providers
  • elected members and MPs (as your representative)
  • contractors providing IT services
  • Funding Bodies
  • Ministry for Housing, communities and local government
  • Cabinet Office (National Fraud Initiative Exercise)

When computers make any decisions about you

Under Child Protection-Information Sharing, the data of Looked After Children or a child that has a child protection plan will automatically be sent as an alert to NHS Digital.

When your data gets sent to other countries

For liaison with courts or children’s services abroad.

National data opt-out