The proper handling of personal information by Carmarthenshire County Council is very important to the delivery of our services and maintaining public confidence.
Personal data is any information that relates to a person who can be directly or indirectly identified from the information. The terms ‘information’ and ‘personal data’ are used throughout this privacy notice and have the same meaning.
To ensure that the Council treats personal information correctly, we seek to adhere in full to the requirements of Data Protection legislation.
This privacy notice has therefore been produced to explain as clearly as possible what we do with your personal data.
1. The purpose for which we use your personal data
The information we collect about you and your child will be used for the purpose of processing applications for admission to a Community and Voluntary Controlled schools.
The legal basis for the processing of the information is to comply with our legal obligations under the School Standards & Framework Act 1998.
We collect and use special category (sensitive) personal data for reasons of substantial public interest, on the basis of the legislation referred to above.
The law says that all pupils must have access to education from the beginning of the term following a child’s fifth birthday, so if you choose to send your child to school, you have to make an application for us to process in order to establish if there is a place available in the school of your choice.
It is therefore a legal requirement that you provide us with the personal data we need to deal with your application for a school place.
If you do not give us the information we need when we ask for it, this may result in us being unable to deal with the application, resulting in your child not being able to obtain a school place.
2. What type of information do we use?
We collect the following types of personal data about you and your child to deliver this service:
- Parent and child’s name
- Parent and child’s address
- Child’s date of birth
- Child’s gender
- Unique reference number
- Telephone number
- Email address
- Sibling details
- Whether your child has a Statement of Additional Needs or an Education Health Care Plan
- If a child is Looked After the name of the Social Worker, and contact details
- Whether your child is from a Traveller or Gypsy family
- Whether you are UK Service Personnel
- If your child is permanently excluded, the name of school and period of exclusion
3. Do we use information received from other sources?
To provide this service, we collect information directly from you but also receive information from the following sources:
- The Council’s Council Tax records to verify names and addresses in the case of applications where a school is oversubscribed
- The Council’s Children’s Services to verify Looked After status
- The Council’s Additional Learning Needs Team to confirm a Statement of Additional Needs
4. Transferring your information abroad
We use Microsoft Office 365 to process our electronic documents under the terms of a strict agreement, which safeguards your information. This personal data is hosted on servers outside the UK, but only in EU countries which are subject to the General Data Protection Regulation.
We don’t transfer any other information about you outside of the UK.
5. Who has access to your information?
We share your information with the school of your choice, once an offer of a place has been made.
There are other specific situations where we may be required to disclose information about you and your child, such as:
- Where the Council is required to provide the information by law
- Where disclosing the information is required to prevent or detect a crime
- Where disclosure is in the vital interests of the person concerned
6. How long we will keep your information
We will keep the information for 3 years from the beginning of the academic year your child starts school.
7. Your Data Protection rights
You have the right to:
- Obtain access to the personal data that Carmarthenshire Council is processing about you
- Have any inaccurate or incomplete information rectified (corrected)
- Withdraw your consent to processing, where this is the only basis for the processing
- Make a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the independent body in the UK which protects information rights
In some circumstances, you may have the right to:
- Object to the processing of your personal information
- The erasure of your personal data
- Restrict the processing of your personal information
- Data portability
8. Contact details
For more information regarding this privacy notice and your rights, please contact:
Data Protection Officer
Carmarthenshire County Council
Contact details for the Information Commissioner’s Office along with further guidance on Data Protection legislation can be found on the ICO website.