Families for Change

  1. Families for Change
  2. What does Families for Change offer?
  3. Privacy notice (You are here)
  4. Information sharing

Privacy notice

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has signed up to the Government’s programme to work with families who have multiple problems. This programme of work is called Families for Change.

As well as improving outcomes for these families, the Families for Change work will try to reduce long term costs to the public purse that are associated with them.

In order to deliver the programme effectively and fully understand the impact we are having it is necessary to share information with local agencies and with the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG). We do this to:

  • Understand all the problems affecting families
  • Target help to those who need it most
  • Coordinate and deliver services for families in Rotherham
  • Help with research about the effectiveness of the national programme

To do this, we need to share personal data about each member of the household including; name date of birth, sex, address, NHS number, NI number, why your family is included in the programme and what help you have received.

Nationally, the progress of families who have taken part in the Programme will be compared with those who have not. This will provide information about how effective it has been in reducing offending, truancy and getting people ready for work and will be used to help improve the programme and services you may receive in the future. The reason for doing this is to help the Government and local service providers understand whether or not the programme has been effective and to help improve services.

Personal data is handled securely and once it has been processed and analysed, the details are removed completely. The combined data on your progress cannot and will not be shared with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, or used to make any decisions about services or benefits you may be entitled to. This means it will be impossible for anyone to identify you from any published reports because information will be anonymous.

Data Sharing Agreements are in place to ensure that:

  • The data can only be used for carrying out research
  • The linked data cannot be used to make decisions about individuals
  • The linked information is made anonymous to reduce the risk of individuals being identified
  • It will be impossible for any person or family to be identified from any published reports
  • The linked personal data will not be shared with or made available to the local authority or any other public agency
  • All data is transferred, handled and stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act
  • Appropriate measures are in place to prevent unauthorised use of the data
  • The data is destroyed after five years

Government evaluation and research

Personal data of individuals and families are linked with information from public agencies. This includes those assessed as meeting the criteria for the programme, and also those who have participated in the programme.

We link the information to help the government and local service providers understand whether the programme has been effective.

Data agreements are in place to ensure that:

  • the data is only used for carrying out research
  • the linked data isn't used to make decisions about individuals
  • make the linked information anonymous to reduce the risk of identifying individuals
  • it will be impossible to identify any person or family from any published reports
  • we will not share the linked personal data with or made available to the local authority or any other public agency
  • we handle and store all data under the Data Protection Act
  • appropriate measures are in place to prevent unauthorised use of the data
  • we destroy all data after five years

If you want to know more, please contact us.

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