Pupil data: Children not in education

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Defend Digital Me

Dear Northumberland County Council,
This FOI request is for information that is processed about "children not in education".

It is regards to existing practice on recording and retaining personal data at individual named child level, whether data is collected on a voluntary basis from the person, or otherwise.

For Question one, 1.1 to 1.4 , and in order to make it easy to respond, we expect a yes/no answer only for each scenario. For question 1.5 please explain if necessary in free text.

Question two may be met by providing a copy of a Data Protection Impact Assessment for each relevant dataset.

For Question three, we expect a yes/no answer; and/or the register name.

Question four does not ask for personal details.

If it is helpful to see how this was answered by another council, for reference, please see https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/7...

Thank you.
Jen Persson

Child (anyone aged under 18)
Records (data in any digital format, ie. spreadsheets, databases etc)
Educational setting (Any provider of state funded education: nursery, infant, primary, secondary, FE, AP, Hospital school, YOI etc)

Q1. On what grounds is a child’s personal data processed in or on behalf of the Council
1.1 When a child is deregistered
a. To receive an education otherwise than at school
b. Due to permanent exclusion
c. Due to unauthorised and unexplained absence (authorised absence plus ten days or 20 days) for which reasonable enquiries have been unable to resolve
d. To move from state into independent (private) education
e. To move out of independent (private) education to anything else

1.2 When the destination from the following is unknown
f. Nursery
g. Alternative provision
h. Custody
i. Post-16 education

1.3 When the authority becomes aware of
j. A child being educated otherwise than at school
k. A child about whose education there is nothing known
l. A child whose parents the authority considers to be failing to provide a suitable education

1.4 When the authority has children in its geographical area that may be passing through but not in education
m. child born outside England
n. a child of a service family (army, navy etc)
o. a child of a family without permanent address

1.5 Please provide any other circumstances or grounds in which the authority becomes aware of children not in education, about which they may make a record, for any other reason not listed.

Q2. About the databases or registers currently processed.

2.1. For each scenario and/or separate records used, please provide
a. the relevant Data Protection Impact Assessment
b. If no DPIA exists, the name/title of the database/spreadsheet used.
c. If no DPIA exists, the field names (ie which data items may be collected)
d. If not listed in the DPIA or none exists, please state on which legislation does each data collection rely? i.e The Children Act 1989, Duty to identify ‘Children Missing Education’ (s436a Education Act 1996), Education (Pupil Registration) Regulations (England) 2006, Children Missing Education Statutory guidance for local authorities 2016, the Elective home education: departmental guidance for local authorities 2019 or state which if something else.)
e. The numbers of individuals in each database as of June 30, 2021.
f. The numbers of individuals in each database who are children on June 30, 2021.
g. The earliest record start date that is still retained by the authority for any of the above (i.e what is the oldest record currently processed includes those who may no longer be children)
h. where children are listed as ‘unknown’ (at any age including post-16 in Youth Employability Services) what data sources are used to create a record or make an intervention? (ie Revenue and Benefits data, Pre 16 Risk of NEET Indicator, UCAs, social media etc)

Q3. Does the Local Authority maintain a record of other parties to whom such data has been distributed or shared?

Q4. Where does responsibility (Job title, Department no personal details requested) for
a) processing and b) the oversight of the above processing sit?

Northumberland County Council

1 Atodiad

Our Ref: 9924  

Dear Ms Persson,


Thank you for your request for information which will be dealt with under
the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, we
will let you know the likely charges before proceeding.

If you have any queries about this matter please contact us. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Kind regards

Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
NE61 2EF

Tel: 0345 600 6400
Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]
Web: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk

Northumberland County Council

2 Atodiad

Our Ref: 9924   

Dear Enquirer, 




I refer to your Freedom of Information request in relation to children not
in education. 


Right of Access 


Section 1(1) of the Act provides any person making a request for
information to a public authority is entitled. 


(a) to be informed in writing by the public authority whether it holds
information of the description specified in the request (which Section
1(6) of the Act designates as the "duty to confirm or deny"), and 


(b) if that is the case, to have that information communicated to him. 


The right is to obtain access to the information itself and not to the
document or record which contains it. 


The Act creates a general right of access to information held by public
authorities subject to various exemptions. 


Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you
have requested, please see the attached information in response. 




If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, you can request an internal review by writing within 2 months
from the date of this response to the Information Governance Office: 


Information Governance Office 

Northumberland County Council 

County Hall 


NE61 2EF 


Email: [1][Northumberland County Council request email] 


Information Commissioner 


If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have a
right by Section 50 of the Act to apply to the Information Commissioner
for a decision as to whether your request has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act at: 


The Information Commissioner's Office 

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Tel: 0303 123 1113 

Email: [2][email address] 


There is no charge for making an appeal. 


Yours faithfully 


FOI Coordinator - 

Information Governance Office 

Northumberland County Council 

County Hall 



NE61 2EF 


Tel: 0345 600 6400 

Email: [3][Northumberland County Council request email] 

Web: [4]http://www.northumberland.gov.uk 






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