Education dept officeres - training, data protection, bullying, FOI handling

Suzanne Kelly made this Freedom of Information request to Aberdeenshire Council

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Dear Aberdeenshire Council,

Have the shire's 10 most senior education officers/executives including Vince Docherty ever taken training from the council in FOI handling and Data Protection management? Have these people all read the shire council's anti-bullying poilcy?

Do the shire's 10 most senior education officers/executives including Vince Docherty have any declared conflicts of interest ie relatives or friendships which could hypothetically pose a conflict of interest? If yes, have any compromising situations ever arisen and if so provide a brief summary of same?

What professional qualifications do the shire's 10 most senior education officers/executives including Vince Doherty have, and do they take ongoing professional training?

As the shire's website claims that your 'toolkit' and training ensure that data is correctly handled and GDPA laws are followed, how many instances have there been in 2020,m 2021 and 2022 of reported data protection breaches?

Are all of your FOI staff trained in data protection? Is it a condition of their employment that they observe data protection laws?

Are all of your education staff trained in data protection? Is it a condition of their employment that they observe data protection laws?

Yours faithfully,

Suzanne Kelly

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Dear Suzanne Kelly

 

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (“The Act”)

 

We refer to your request dated 28/03/2022 14:36.

 

We confirm that the Council holds the following information, which we
believe satisfies your request.

 

Have the shire's 10 most senior education officers/executives including
Vince Docherty ever taken training from the council in FOI handling and
Data Protection management?

Yes, please note there are only 5 Senior Offices within Education &
Children’s Service.

 

Have these people all read the shire council's anti-bullying policy?

Aberdeenshire Council does not record this information.   However In-house
induction training aims to ensure all employees develop an awareness of
council policies, including anti bullying.

 

Do the shire's 10 most senior education officers/executives including
Vince Docherty have any declared conflicts of interest i.e., relatives or
friendships which could hypothetically pose a conflict of interest? If
yes, have any compromising situations ever arisen and if so, provide a
brief summary of same?

None of the senior education officers have declared any conflicts of
interest.

 

What professional qualifications do the shire's 10 most senior education
officers/executives including Vincent Doherty have, and do they take
ongoing professional training?

Aberdeenshire Council does not hold copies of qualifications held by
employees; it is the responsibility of the recruiting manager to ensure
all required qualifications are held before recruitment.  Similarly,
Aberdeenshire Council does not hold the details of external training
completed by employees which includes professional training. 

 

As the shire's website claims that your 'toolkit' and training ensure that
data is correctly handled and GDPA laws are followed, how many instances
have there been in 2020, 2021 and 2022 of reported data protection
breaches?

 

Number of breaches
based on date of
Year breach
2020 100
2021 113
2022 (to 28/03/2022) 30

 

Are all of your FOI staff trained in data protection?

Yes, all the FOI reps within the organisation are required to complete a
GDPR course every 2 years.

 

Is it a condition of their employment that they observe data protection
laws?

Yes.

 

Are all of your education staff trained in data protection?

All Education staff who process/handle personal data are required to
complete a GDPR course every 2 years.

 

Is it a condition of their employment that they observe data protection
laws?

Yes.

 

Please contact me as the officer responsible for responding to your
request if you have any further queries.

 

If, for any reason, you are not satisfied with this response, please refer
to the further information below.

 

 

Yours faithfully

 

 

 

Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

Education & Children's Services

 

 

 

Further Information:

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(Scotland) Act 2002 and the Environmental Information (Scotland)
Regulations 2004 can be accessed at the following link:

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