This notice explains what personal data (information) we hold about you, how we collect, how we use and may share information about you. We are required to give you this information under data protection law.
The London Borough of Wandsworth) collects, uses and is responsible for certain personal information about you. When we do so we are regulated under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which applies across the European Union (including in the United Kingdom) and we are responsible as ‘controller’ of that personal information for the purposes of those laws. Our Data Protection Officer is Tania Robinson.
The Fostering Service approves, supports and pays foster carers, and provides them with ongoing support, guidance and training to ensure they are fully skilled to be effective foster carers. The service also works with Wandsworth foster carers and a range of fostering agencies to ensure that children are placed with the most appropriate family.
In the course of approving and supervising foster carers we collect the following personal information when you provide it to us:
We also obtain personal information from the following other sources:
We use your personal information to:
We keep your information securely in line with the retention periods shown below, after which time it is archived or securely destroyed, unless we are required by legal reasons to retain records for longer than the stated retention period.
|Foster parents approved by Wandsworth - including any person with whom a child is placed (under Regulation 34 or 38 of the Fostering Services Regulations 2002) and records of foster parent applicants who are not approved||Date of last contact with foster carers +75 years|
|Finance and procurement, financial services, payments: all records relating to the payment of foster carers||6 years|
We collect and use your personal information to comply with our legal obligations under The Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011. If we need to collect special category (sensitive) personal information, we rely upon reasons of substantial public interest (equality of opportunity or treatment), for the provision of social care, for social security or social protection law, and for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims whenever Courts are acting in their judicial capacity.
We will share personal information with law enforcement or other authorities if required by applicable law.
Under GDPR you have rights which you can exercise free of charge which allow you to:
Depending on our reason for using your information you may also be entitled to:
We will always seek to comply with your request however we may be required to hold or use your information to comply with legal duties. Please note, your request may delay or prevent us delivering a service to you.
For further information about your rights, including the circumstances in which they apply, see the guidance from the UK Information Commissioners Office (ICO) on individuals’ rights under GDPR.
The Council's Data Protection Officer (DPO) is Tania Robinson If you would like to exercise a right. The DPO can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have appropriate security measures in place to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost or used or accessed in an unauthorised way. We limit access to your personal information to those who have a genuine business need to know it. Those processing your information will do so only in an authorised manner and are subject to a duty of confidentiality.
We also have procedures in place to deal with any suspected data security breach. We will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected data security breach where we are legally required to do so.
The Council's Data Protection Officer (DPO) is Tania Robinson. The DPO can be contacted at email@example.com
If you are unhappy about how we have handled your data or for independent advice about data protection, privacy and data sharing issues, you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), their contact details can be found via the ICO website or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GDPR also gives you right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. The supervisory authority in the UK is the Information Commissioner who may be contacted on 03031 231113.