Children privacy policy

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Children  - who we are and what we do

We work with partner agencies to support families and provide assessment and protection for young people.

  • We need your information to help us to provide the best service to you.
  • Under the 1989 and 2004 Children Act we have a duty to safeguard the welfare of children. S17 of the 1989 Children Act places a duty to assess children in need. S47 of the 1989 Children Act places a duty to investigate if a child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.

In order to safeguard children and young people and their families, we need their demographic information to create a record on our Information Communication Systems (ICS) Protocol system. Information gathered is used to safeguard children from harm.

  • name
  • address
  • date of birth
  • relationships information
  • contact details
  • family composition
  • health information 
  • family history
  • education information
  • NHS number
  • other agencies involved
  • GP
  • immigration status
  • mental health information
  • referral/assessment information
  • police
  • health
  • housing
  • probation
  • youth offending service
  • education welfare
  • schools
  • admissions
  • external fostering providers
  • other local authorities who need to carry out checks, child and family assessments and child protection enquiries.

Personal data will not be retained for longer than necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected.

If you are receiving support from adult social care, the NHS may share your NHS number with us. This is so that the same number is used to identify you and so that the NHS and adult social care can work more closely to improve your care and support. If you do not wish your NHS number to be shared for social care purposes, please speak with your social worker.

Please see the relevant section of the Corporate Privacy Notice.