Under the Data Protection Act 1998, individuals have the right to find out and obtain copies of the personal information about them. This request is known as a Subject Access Request.
Individuals have the right to request:
- clarification that personal data is being processed by the Council
- a description and copies of such personal data
- reasons why such data is being processed
- to whom it is will or may be disclosed
The Council is obliged to respond to such requests within 40 working days.
In some circumstances access may not be allowed to information that would be likely to affect:
- the way crime is detected or prevented
- catching or prosecuting offenders
- assessing or collecting taxes or duty
The Council has produced a Subject Access Guide for those seeking to make a request. Both the guide and request form are available in the Documents section this page.
If you would like to make a Subject Access Request, please print out the form, complete and return it to the address on the form.
Requests by individuals who were in local authority care
The Council is determined to ensure that any of its former residents seeking access to their records are given support. We are committed to engaging openly and providing appropriate support to those seeking information about their childhood care experiences.
Should you require information from your time in care, you may choose to have the support of:
- Your own social worker
- A nominated social worker
- Additional direct support from the child care and placement team
- Support from an independent agency