Privacy policy

Regional Adoption Agency

The Regional Adoption Agency is provided by Stockport MBC and is responsible for carrying out the following functions on behalf of Stockport, Manchester, Cheshire East, Trafford and Salford local authorities:

  • Recruitment of adopters

  • Family finding for children who need to be adopted

  • Support of adoptive families

  • Ensuring that support services are in place for families of children who have been placed for adoption.

Regional Adoption Agencies are provided for in The Adoption and Children Act 2002 and the Education and Adoption Act 2016 section 15. Their aim is to find adoptive families for children who need them,  to support the adoptive family in caring for that child and to ensure that birth families receive the support which they need.

The five participating local authorities are working closely together to ensure that adoption services are delivered effectively, efficiently and to a high standard. Working together as five authorities it is possible for us to:

  • match children and adopters more quickly and more effectively

  • recruit adopters to meet the specific needs for the children waiting to be adopted

  • provide a comprehensive range of support services to adoptive families.

General

The Regional Adoption Agency respects your privacy and recognises how important it is that personal information remains secure. This statement describes how the regional Adoption Agency collects and uses information about people who visit our website. If you have any questions about this statement please contact:
Sue Westwood – Regional Adoption Manager  

sue.westwood@stockport.gov.uk

Your personal data is protected by UK legislation, specifically the Data Protection Act 1998, and the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) 2003. We aim to exceed our legal obligations by following best practice and reviewing our procedures. Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council is registered as a data controller with the Information Commissioner for the United Kingdom for the purposes for which personal information is collected on this website.

Your use of our website is governed by our website Terms & Conditions and use of other Regional Adoption Agency services is governed by any applicable terms as well as this Privacy Notice.

What information does the Regional Adoption Agency collect about me and how is it obtained?

Personal information is anything that enables us to identify you in some way, such as your name and email address. For instance, we may collect personal information from you when you complete online forms as part of communicating with the Regional Adoption Agency (e.g. signing up to events or enquiring about our services), or otherwise provide us with personal information when you specifically and knowingly provide it.

If you supply such information we are legally bound by the Data Protection Act 1998 to ensure that such information is only used for the purpose for which it was requested and also to ensure that the data is held securely.

How does the Regional Adoption Agency use my information?

We will use your information to provide you with the services, products or information that you have requested.

How secure is the information which I give to the Regional Adoption Agency?

The Regional Adoption Agency takes the care of your data seriously and undertakes to protect your personal information in a range of ways. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. These measures include the use of secure servers, firewalls and SSL encryption. How does the Regional Adoption Agency us ‘Cookies’?

We use cookies to gather information and details about your visit. We do this to find out things such as the most popular areas of the website.

A cookie is a small piece of text stored on your computer, phone or other device which you use to browse the web. Cookies keep track of your movements within the site, help you resume where you left off, remember your registered login, theme selection, preferences, and other customization functions.

Cookies usually don't contain much information except for the web address of the website that created the cookie, the duration of the cookie's abilities and effects, and a random number. Due to the little amount of information a cookie contains, it usually cannot be used to reveal your identity or personally identifying information.

The way we collect information about your visit to the Council website means that no-one is personally identified nor do we make any further attempt to find out your identity whilst using our website.

We will not associate any data gathered from this site by cookies with information which identifies you from any source. If we do want to collect information which identifies you personally through our website, we will be clear about this and tell you at the point your information is collected. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.

We encourage you to accept the cookies our website uses as they not only help us to improve the user experience for you and many others, they also help to make the website work more efficiently.

More information about cookies is available on www.allaboutcookies.org and further guidance on the new EU e-Privacy Law can be found on the Information Commissioner's Office website.

What about links to other websites?

The Regional Adoption Agency’s website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Does the Regional Adoption Agency share my information with anyone else?

The Regional Adoption Agency will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required to do so by law.

How can I access the information that the Regional Adoption Agency holds about me?

You have the right to ask for a copy of the information we hold about you and to have any inaccuracies in your information corrected. If you wish to exercise these rights, please write to:

Data Protection Officer
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Town Hall
Edward Street
Stockport, Cheshire
SK1 3XE

Email: dpa.officer@stockport.gov.uk

How can I make changes to the information that the Regional Adoption Agency holds about me?

If your personal details change, please help us keep your address information up to date by notifying us at the above address. It will help us to update your information quickly if you include your full name and address and/or supporter number if known, together with details of the correction made.

How long will the Regional Adoption Agency keep my information?

We will retain your information for as long as you have an active relationship with the Regional Adoption Agency. If you cease to have an active relationship with us or request to receive no further contact, we may retain some basic information in order to avoid sending you unwanted materials in the future, and to ensure that we don’t accidentally duplicate information.

What if I want to limit or stop receiving messages from the Regional Adoption Agency?

If you wish to receive no further information from us, at any point in time, this can be done via the postal or email address. You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information by following the opt-out instructions on any online form or email that might receive from us. If you have previously agreed to us using you email for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time.

Your consent

By providing us with your personal information you consent to the collection and use of that information for the purpose and in the manner described in this Privacy Policy. The Regional Adoption Agency reserves the right to modify or amend this privacy statement. Any alterations to our policy on the collection or use of data will be posted on this website. The latest version will be available on this website so please check periodically. By continuing to use this website you will be deemed to have accepted any changes.

If you have any questions or concerns about the use of your personal information, please contact SMBC’s Data Protection Officer at the above address or by emailing dpa.officer@stockport.gov.uk and we will make every reasonable effort ot address your concerns.