Cafcass Cymru takes great care to ensure the information we receive from and about people, is dealt with in accordance with the requirements of the law.
What information do we collect?
We collect and process personal information about you when it is relevant to the family court proceedings. We do this in order to carry out our legal duties in providing advice to the court.
As well as information collected directly from you, other information we collect can include information provided by the court, the police, local authorities and health information. We hold this information where it is relevant to our statutory role.
How we use your information
The personal data we collect is used to make sure we deliver our services effectively this includes:
- Help us carry out our legal duties, especially our duties under the Children Act 2004;
- Prepare facts and figures to help us plan for the future;
- Respond to individual aspects of representation and / or the complaints we receive
- Assess how well we are performing our duties.
Our privacy notice sets out our reasons for processing, using and sharing your personal data.
Who will we share the information with?
The information we collect and use will not be published in ways which identify individuals but may be shared with third parties who are commissioned to assist us with research, consultations or evaluations of our work and/or its impact on the Family Justice system in Wales. Any such sharing of information will be managed in line with the Data Protection Act 1998.
How do I access my personal information?
This process is explained in our factsheet Accessing your Personal Information: Data Subject Access Request
General Data Protection Regulation
The General Data Protection Regulation gives you certain rights about the personal data we hold about you. You have the right:
- to access the personal data that we are processing about you;
- to require us to rectify inaccuracies in that data;
- to object or to restrict (in certain circumstances) to processing;
- for your data (in certain circumstances) to be ‘erased’;
- to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) who is the independent regulator for data protection