What information do we collect?

We collect and process personal information about you when it is relevant to the family court proceedings. We do this in order to carry out our legal duties in providing advice to the court.

As well as information collected directly from you, other information we collect can include information provided by the court, the police, local authorities and health information. We hold this information where it is relevant to our statutory role.

How we use your information

The personal data we collect is used to make sure we deliver our services effectively this includes:

  • Help us carry out our legal duties, especially our duties under the Children Act 2004;
  • Prepare facts and figures to help us plan for the future;
  • Respond to individual aspects of representation and / or the complaints we receive
  • Assess how well we are performing our duties.

Our privacy notice sets out our reasons for processing, using and sharing your personal data.

Who will we share the information with?

The information we collect and use will not be published in ways which identify individuals but may be shared with third parties who are commissioned to assist us with research, consultations or evaluations of our work and/or its impact on the Family Justice system in Wales. Any such sharing of information will be managed in line with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Data Protection Act 1998

The Data Protection Act 1998 gives you certain rights about the personal data we hold about you, which includes:

  • The right for any personal data held about you to be processed fairly and lawfully.
  • The right to ask for and receive copies of the personal data we hold about you. This process is explained in our factsheet Accessing your personal information: Subject Access Request.
  • The right, in some circumstances, to stop us from processing personal data if doing so will harm someone in any way.
  • The right to ask for incorrect information to be put right.