Young People's Zone

Privacy Statement when you have an independent visitor

Coram Voice is part of the Coram Group of charities

icon informationWhat is a Privacy Statement?

This is a privacy statement, it is about the information we collect about you.  We have to have this by law (General Data Protection Regulation. May 2018) so you know what we do with information we have about you. 

We are only able to keep information about you when you know:

  • Exactly who is keeping your information and data
  • Why we are keeping your information
  • What reasons we have for keeping your information
  • The types of personal information we will keep
  • Where your personal data has come from
  • Who we might share information with and why
  • How long we will keep your information
  • What your rights are for example- if you want to see your records
  • What if I think the information you have about me is wrong?
  • How you can stop us from having your information
  • How you can make a complaint

We can only keep information that is relevant to our work with you.  These are called records.  Records have to be accurate, up to date, secure and kept for a limited amount of time only.  You might ask us:

icon pencilWhat information do we collect from you?

From the time we start working with you we record basic information about who you are (name, age, gender, language you speak, if you have a disability and your ethnicity), where you live, your interests, names of carers, social worker, the type of person you would like to be matched with and who your IV is.

Most of your personal data comes from you.  Sometimes it might come from your carer or social worker.  For example, if a social worker contacts us for you, provides information that is useful to us working with you, if you were ill, unable to speak or have a complex disability. 

All the information we have about you we will share with you unless it would put you or someone else in danger.

icon questionWhy do you keep this information?

We keep information about you to help us to:

  • Decide the best independent visitor to match you with and so we know what we have done with you and where things are up to.
  • Assess the type and quality of support you have received from your Independent Visitor
  • Check if you (or anyone else) is in serious danger;

We may also use your information to:

  • investigate your concerns if you need to complain about our services;
  • refer you to another service (we would only do this with your agreement);
  • check you have got a good service from us (this is known as an audit and involves us reviewing young people’s records.  This is done in such a way that you can’t be individually identified);
  • investigate serious incidents (this is when we notice that something has gone wrong, or nearly went wrong, with the service we provide to you);
  • plan future services to ensure we meet the needs of young people;
  • report on our performance to the organisations who fund us and to the Department for Education (this information is always provided in a way that means you can’t be individually identified);
  • conduct research and development, with your consent;
  • communicate publically about the difference that we make to young people.  This would never be done in a way that would identify individual young people without their explicit permission.

In addition to the staff and volunteers who work in our services, our managers and our small team of data analysts may have access to your data but only if they need to. Everyone who works at Coram Voice has signed an agreement to keep your information confidential.

icon peopleWho might we share this information with?

We may have to report about how many young people we have worked with, how long they waited for a match, how long they have had a match and the things you they do when they go out with an Independent Visitor.  If we are asked to share any of your personal details we will always get your permission before doing this.  We will not share information about you unless you agree to us doing this.

However, if you or another child are unsafe or at risk of being hurt in some way we would have to share some important information. We would always tell you about this as long as doing this did not put you at more risk. Occasionally, we may also have to share information for legal reasons.  Again we would always talk to you about this if we can. You can find out more about this by looking at our Confidentiality for Young People leaflet.

Who is keeping my information and data?

Coram Voice workers record your information on a system which is safe and secure.  The organisation is Coram Voice, Gregory House, Coram Campus, 49 Mecklenburgh Square, London, WC1N 2QA, telephone: 020 7833 5792.

Coram Voice is part of the Coram group of charities.  For Coram Voice services, electronic records are saved on our secure computer system that is available to Coram Voice and Coram Workers on a need to know basis.  This means no one who will look at your information who does not need to.

Any paper records we have are kept in locked cabinets. 

icon clockHow long will you keep my information?

We will keep your information until you are 25 if we worked with you when you were under 18 years old or if you were older than 18 when we worked with you, for 7 years once we have stopped working with you. We may keep it longer if policy or law means we have to.   After that time all the information we have is securely destroyed.

Anonymized data may be stored on our secure system. This means that we remove any information that would allow you to be identified before we save information on our system.

All workers who have access to your records have been trained to work to the same confidentiality policy where your rights to confidentiality are respected and protected.

To find out more about this see our “Your Records and Rights – a guide for young people getting advocacy from Coram Voice”

icon rightsWhat are my rights over my information?

To keep information about you we have to have a legal reason for doing this. These are that you agree and want us to work with you (give consent), to make sure we provide you with the support you need (contractual compliance, legal obligation, vital interests) and to ensure we give you advocacy support where we are contracted by a local authority (contractual compliance)

Can I see my records?

You have a right to see all the information we hold on you by asking your independent visitor to see your records at any time. To do this just phone or speak to your Independent Visitor or contact Coram Voice, Gregory House, Coram Campus, 49 Mecklenburgh Square, London, WC1N 2QA, telephone 020 7833 5792, email at: data.protection@coramvoice.org.uk

You should be able to see your file within one month.  To find out more about this see our “Your Records and Rights – a guide for young people getting advocacy from Coram Voice” leaflet

What if I think the information you have about me is wrong?

You have a right that all information we have about you is correct. If you think that some of the information we hold about you is inaccurate (for example you name is spelt wrong , we have recorded work done incorrectly) please speak to your independent Visitor or contact Coram Voice, Gregory House, Coram Campus, 49 Mecklenburgh Square, London, WC1N 2QA, telephone  020 7833 5792  or email at data.protection@coramvoice.org.uk

We will give you an answer about your request within one month.  To find out more about this see our “Your Records and Rights – a guide for young people getting advocacy from Coram Voice”

icon stopHow can I stop you keeping my information?

You can say you do not want to have an Independent visitor whenever you want.  You can stop giving us permission to collect your information at any time and we will do this.  We will then keep any information we already have and record that you do not want an Independent visitor from us anymore.   If you do not want us to keep any information about the work that we have done with you please speak to your independent visitor or contact Coram Voice, Gregory House, Coram Campus, 49 Mecklenburgh Square, London, WC1N 2QA 020 7833 5792  email at data.protection@coramvoice.org.uk

icon complaintHow can I make a complaint?

If you are unhappy with how we are using the information we have about you please speak to your independent visitor to see if they can sort it out. You can also make a complaint.

You can complain to: The data controller Coram Voice, Gregory House, Coram Campus, 49 Mecklenburgh Square, London, WC1N 2QA , telephone 020 7833 5792,  email at data.protection@coramvoice.org.uk

If you are not happy then you can also complain to:

The Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Help line:  0303 123 1113

This notice was last updated on 23/05/2018