We are a collaboration of four councils who are working together to manage initial enquiries and applications from people interested in becoming foster carers.
The councils involved are:
Enquiries and applications will be received by the Fostering Recruitment Hub based at Warrington Borough Council. Following the initial processing stages, your data will be transferred securely to the Council for which you want to become a foster carer.
To process your enquiry and application to initially assess whether or not you are suitable to become a foster carer.
We are collecting and processing your information under the legal basis of public task. This allows us to use your information to:
Your information may be shared with any of the fostering services in the Council’s named above, where required. It could also be shared with Council safeguarding teams, if any safeguarding concerns are identified as part of the enquiry and application stage.
If you are interested in becoming a foster carer and wish to apply we need collect this information to begin the application process. If you do not provide information needed in the initial processing stage you will not be able to continue to the assessment stage of the foster carer application process.
We will retain the information you provide during the enquiry and application stage in accordance with the Fostering Service Regulations 2011 Part 5 Regulation 32. The regulation states that data collected as part of a foster carer enquiry and/or application should be held for a minimum of 3 years by the Recruitment Hub. This is the maximum period that the Hub will retain the information for and applies to applications which are refused or withdrawn at the enquiry and application stage. If an applicant is approved as a foster carer, the regulation states that data should be held for a minimum of 10 years. This is the maximum period that the Hub will retain the information for and is from when a foster carer ceases to have an approved status to care for a foster child, or when the placement of a foster child is terminated.
The enquiry and application data will be held securely on an electronic system in accordance with the legislative timescales mentioned above.
Under the Data Protection legislation, you might have more rights about what happens with your data. As different rights apply in different situations each request will be assessed on a case by case basis.
You do have the right to request a copy of your information, to know what it is used for and how it has been shared. This is under Data Protection legislation, and the right of subject access.
To request a copy of your data or ask questions about how it is used, please look at our webpages. Requests for Information available here: – https://www.warrington.gov.uk/info/201121/access_to_information/2352/request_for_information
If you are not satisfied with how your data has been dealt with, or if the information held about you is incorrect, you should email or write to Warrington Borough Council outlining your concerns.
If you then wish to make a complaint then please contact us using one of the methods below:
You also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office using the following details:
The Information Commissioner’s Office
Telephone: 0303 123 1113
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