Are you registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and are you aware of all data protection laws for holding photos and information on the children in your care?
The ICO is the UK’s independent public body set up to promote access to official information and protect personal information. The ICO enforces and oversees the Data Protection Act.
We’ve been informed that the ICO has been sending out letters to childcare professionals to remind them to check if they need to be registered with the ICO.
As a registered provider you’re expected to keep detailed records about individual children’s development and, if you keep these on a computer you will need to be registered as a data controller with the ICO.
Keep up to speed on how to handle personal information about the children in your care with our online training course on Data protection. Members can also read our factsheet on registering with the ICO, which includes information about exceptions to registration,.
If you are in any doubt about whether or not you need to register, or if you know of someone in need of further clarification, you can call the ICO on 0303 123 1113.