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Privacy notice – Adoption

Information about how and when the Adoption Team processes personal information about you.

What we do

We make sure that each child has a permanency plan that provides stability and continuity of relationships. The Adoption Team is concerned with approving adopters to care for children when a decision has been made by the Adoption and Permanence Panel that adoption is in their best interest. The post-adoption team provides ongoing support for families where there is a child who has been placed under an adoption or special guardianship order. It also supports adopted adults in accessing their birth and adoption records.

What information we collect

We may collect:

  • name and contact details

  • social care ID

  • NHS number

  • family details

  • lifestyle and social circumstances

  • financial details

  • housing needs

  • case file information

  • personal appearance and behaviour.

What 'special types' of personal data we need from you

We may collect:

  • physical or mental health details

  • racial or ethnic origin

  • religious or other beliefs of a similar nature

  • social care support outcomes

  • criminal proceedings, outcomes and sentences

  • offences (including alleged offences)

  • immigration

  • medical history.

Agencies we might share the information with

We may share the information with:

  • police, youth offending team and secure units

  • commissioned partners (voluntary and statutory)

  • health agencies

  • education providers

  • other local authorities including international social services

  • supported lodging carers

  • fostering agencies, residential homes and semi-independent accommodation providers

  • ministers of Parliament (via complaints).

Why we process the information

The main reasons for which we use personal data are:

  • safeguarding children and vulnerable adults

  • assessment and intervention to inform provision of services

  • administration of financial arrangements

  • service delivery and improvements

  • Ofsted inspection

  • prevention and detection of crime

  • planning to improve outcomes for children.

Withdrawing consent

Early help is a consent-based service, and we will only share information with your permission. If you get a targeted level of support from early help, we may share your information with relevant services to make sure your child and family get the appropriate level of support. You can withdraw consent at any point during intervention and speak with your lead professional or early help about how your information is used.