Your data is accessed by staff working for Dudley’s Children Social Care and Early Help Services. Children’s Social Care and Early Help includes a variety of different teams and which ones access your data will depend on what services are involved. The teams include:
- The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
- Care Management
- Children in Care & Care Leavers
- Placements, Residential Homes & Contact Centres
- Children in Care & Care Leavers
- Emotional Heath & Wellbeing
- Corporate Parenting
- Adoption and Fostering
- Supervised Contact
- Virtual School
- Safeguarding & Review
- Integrated Youth Support
- Family Support
- Other Council teams so they can carry out their statutory roles and support our service (e.g. housing, education, Complaints, Business Intelligence, Corporate Finance, Legal Services, Quality Assurance)
We also routinely share your information with external partners and relevant external services including:
- Other local authorities e.g. in cases of adoption, special guardianship and fostering arrangements
- Government departments e.g. Department for Education, Department of Health
- GPs / NHS Trusts / NHS England / Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)
- Benefit agencies
- Housing agencies
- Education providers (e.g. academies, maintained schools, pupil referral units, independent schools and independent specialist providers, FE and sixth-form colleges)
- Early years providers in the maintained, private, voluntary and independent sectors that are funded by Dudley Council
- Children centres
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
- Youth Offending Services / Probation Services
- HM Courts & Tribunals Service
- Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass)
- Education, employment and training (NEET) Support Services
- Contracted services including those provided by voluntary organisations and community groups working with young people
- Commissioned social care and/or health services
- Your legal representative or another advocate (if you have instructed one)
- Children's Commissioner
Staff in each area will only access the personal information that is essential to carry out their work and statutory functions but may share data between the respective teams where this is necessary to provide you with services.
In 2020 the Children’s Commissioner collected Stability Index data, the annual measure of the stability experienced by children in care, from the Council. In future the Stability Index Statistics will be carried out by the Department of Education (DfE).
To support the DfE taking forward the Stability Index, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner is sharing the following with the DfE:
(1) All social worker episodes between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2019, for the cohort of children who were looked after by your local authority on 31 March 2019;
(2) All social worker episodes between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2020, for the cohort of children who were looked after by your local authority on 31 March 2020.
The DfE will use this data to support driving improvement in efficiency and effectiveness of local public services for children and young people by supporting and strengthening local authority effectiveness.
See the Children’s Commissioner Privacy Notice
See the DfE’s Personal Information Charter
We are currently providing pseudonymised data to support the evaluation and monitoring of the work of Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDAC’s). The organisation involved with this research is NatCen. Further information regarding their work can be seen at NatCen About Us
Families engaged in this area of activity are provided with an Information letter, where they can object to their data being processed for this purpose, find out more about the study and how their data will be used.
All organisations we pass your information to will have an information-sharing agreement with us to ensure they meet the standards of the UK GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018, and will be covered by a legal basis allowing them to collect, use and share your personal information.
In some circumstances, information may be shared with third parties where there is a legal obligation to do so. If we are worried about your safety and believe we need to take action to protect you from being harmed, we will discuss our concerns with you and, if possible, obtain your permission to disclose this information. We may share this information if we assess the risk to you or others to be serious.
There may also be situations when the risk to you or others is so great that we believe we need to share your information without delay. If this is the case, we will make sure that we record what information we share and our reasons for doing so. We will also let you know what we have done and why if we think it is safe to do so.
Dudley MBC is working with a Local Government partner to develop a national model to support Councils in providing appropriate placements and support for children in the future. The Council will be supplying information from existing statutory datasets to support the project. There will be no identifiable information sent to the partner organisation. Key areas of data to be shared include but not limited to: -
- Status of situation
- Support package
This is a time limited piece of work and to confirm any personal information will not be passed onto the partner organisation. Further information about the project is available at Data to Insight