At EPFirst we consistently handle sensitive data from our various clients including, schools, local authorities and parents. We understand our responsibility with regards to processing and storing this data safely and securely in line with new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) which came into force on 25th May 2018.
The purpose for processing personal data is to undertake an agreed psychological assessment. Educational psychology assessments involve the processing of special category data including information about health, educational achievements, cognitive functioning, personality, interests and family history. The new regulations focus on enhanced rights for data subjects, in particular those in the ‘Special’ category-see link
we will only collect information from you that is relevant to the purpose of undertaking that assessment and the associated feedback and reporting.
You will only be asked for personal information that is relevant for the work undertaken. The information that will be requested and held will enable the professional working with you or your child/young person to decide:
· What kind of involvement is appropriate;
· What tests and assessments should be used; and
· Whether liaison with other professionals is needed
The specific work carried out will vary according to the individual’s needs and the concerns being investigated. The range of supportive activities that may be undertaken includes:
Discussion with the Special Needs Coordinator (SENCo) and school staff;
Work alongside the child/young person in class;
Individual assessment work. This might involve using tests, questionnaires or
interview techniques for eliciting views;
Discussion with other external professionals who are working with the child/young person e.g. speech therapist, specialist teacher;
EPfirst has made a commitment to become a paperless company and will strive to store information electronically wherever possible. Paper information is stored in a locked cabinet temporarily where needed and then scanned and stored electronically before being shredded.