Bradford Council Fostering privacy notice

This notice explains what personal data (information) we hold about you, how we collect, how we use and may share information about you.  We are required to give you this information under data protection law.

Who we are

Bradford Council Fostering Service collects, uses and is responsible for certain personal information about you. When we do so we are regulated under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which applies across the European Union (including in the United Kingdom) and we are responsible as ‘controller’ of that personal information for the purposes of those laws. 

The Fostering Service approves, supports and pays foster carers, and provides them with ongoing support, guidance and training to ensure they are fully skilled to be effective foster carers. The service also works with Bradford Council foster carers and a range of fostering agencies to ensure that children are placed with the most appropriate family.

Personal information we collect and use

Information collected by us

In the course of approving and supervising foster carers we collect the following personal information when you provide it to us:

We also obtain personal information from the following other sources:

How we use your personal information

We use your personal information to:

How long your personal data will be kept

We keep your information securely in line with the retention periods shown below, after which time it is archived or securely destroyed, unless we are required by legal reasons to retain records for longer than the stated retention period.

Category Retention Period
Foster carers approved by Bradford Council - including any person with whom a child is placed (under Regulation 34 or 38 of the Fostering Services Regulations 2002) and records of foster carer applicants who are not approved Date of last contact with foster carers +75 years
Finance and procurement, financial services, payments: all records relating to the payment of foster carers 6 years

Reasons we can collect and use your personal information

We collect and use your personal information to comply with our legal obligations under The Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011. If we need to collect special category (sensitive) personal information, we rely upon reasons of substantial public interest (equality of opportunity or treatment), for the provision of social care, for social security or social protection law, and for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims whenever Courts are acting in their judicial capacity.

Who we share your personal information with

We will share personal information with law enforcement or other authorities if required by applicable law.

Facebook Pixel

We have installed tracking code on all pages of the fostering recruitment website to help us learn more about Facebook users' interests in the site.  The aim is to make sure that any advertising we create is as relevant as is reasonably possible to our audience. Facebook Pixel enables us to create 'custom audiences' within Facebook to target Facebook adverts at groups of people who have visited certain pages. It also helps us to measure how effective our Facebook adverts are. We cannot identify individual visitors to our web pages by using Facebook Pixel.

You can opt out of receiving these targeted adverts by visiting the Your Online Choices website or the Facebook advert preferences page.

Your rights

Under GDPR you have rights which you can exercise which allow you to:

Depending on our reason for using your information you may also be entitled to:

We will always seek to comply with your request however we may be required to hold or use your information to comply with legal duties. Please note, your request may delay or prevent us delivering a service to you.

For further information about your rights, including the circumstances in which they apply, see the guidance from the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) on individuals’ rights under GDPR.

If you would like to exercise a right, please contact the Information Governance Team  at

Keeping your personal information secure

We have appropriate security measures in place to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost, or used or accessed in an unauthorised way. We limit access to your personal information to those who have a genuine business need to know it. Those processing your information will do so only in an authorised manner and are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

We also have procedures in place to deal with any suspected data security breach. We will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected data security breach where we are legally required to do so.


Please contact the Information Governance Team at to exercise any of your rights, or if you have a complaint about why your information has been collected, how it has been used or how long we have kept it for.

You can contact our Information Governance Team at, or write to: Information Governance Team, Bradford Council, Department of Corporate Resources, City Hall, Centenary Square, Bradford, BD1 1HY.

GDPR also gives you right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. The supervisory authority in the UK is the Information Commissioner who may be contacted on 03031 231113.

You can read our corporate privacy statement on the Council’s website.