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How long will we keep your personal information?

13 February 2019

We will only use your personal information whilst delivering the service to you and to deal with any questions or complaints that we may receive about this unless the law requires us to keep it for a longer period. In practice, this means that your personal information may be retained for the relevant period listed below dependant on our involvement with you:

  • 35 years from last contact (General Social Care Services)
  • 75 years from last contact for Looked After Children records (Children in Care)
  • 100 years for Adoption records
  • Unapproved foster carers or withdrawn applications will be deleted following a review after three years
  • For volunteers we will stop using your information after you cease to be a volunteer and your information will be deleted 75 years from the Date of Birth of the young person you support
  • For Safeguarding allegations your data will be deleted when you have reached normal retirement age or for a period of 10 years from the date of the allegation if that is longer. Please see our data retention leaflet for further information.
  • Young Carers personal information will be held for 15 years 
  • Research information will stop being used after the research project you have been involved in has been completed. Any notes taken (hand written or typed) during consultation sessions will be destroyed. The information will continue to be used in a summarised and anonymised form in any research reports or papers that are published.  The anonymised information in the papers may be of historic interest and may be held in public archives indefinitely