Privacy policy

Children’s Social Work Matters (CSWM) is run by Barnsley Council on behalf of the 15 local authorities in Yorkshire & The Humber. Barnsley Council is registered with the Information Commissioners Office as a Data Controller. Our registration number is Z5121328. We collect and process information in accordance with GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018. 

This CSWM privacy policy statement discloses the privacy practices for – how we use and look after your personal information. It applies solely to this website; links within this site to other websites are not covered by this privacy statement.

Information collection and use

The Children’s Social Work Matters website will record your name, email address and telephone/mobile number if you:

  • Submit a question to one of our Champions

  • Sign up to receive job alerts

  • Send us an email

It will be used to allow us to respond to your request for information. In doing so, the legal basis we have for processing your personal information is that of a ‘legitimate interest’.

In order to process your information request, as part of our partnership arrangements we may need to share this data with the organisations within the CSWM programme (Barnsley Council, Bradford Council, Calderdale Council, Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Hull City Council, Kirklees Council, Leeds City Council, North East Lincolnshire Council, North Lincolnshire Council, North Yorkshire Council, Rotherham Council, Sheffield City Council, Wakefield Council, York Council). 

Your rights, access and control of your personal information

You have the right to see what information: is held about you; have incorrect information corrected; and to have it removed.

Where we hold your personal information we’ll:

  • Provide records of what we hold when you request this from us

  • Correct it if it’s inaccurate, especially if you ask us to

  • Stop processing personal information where we can, and if you ask us to

  • Stop sending you mailing information when you ask us to (opt out)

To do this you can contact Karen Jones at Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, People Directorate, 7th Floor, Gateway Plaza, Barnsley, S70 9GG or at

You also have the right to complain to the Data Protection Office if you feel that your data has not been handled in accordance with the law. To do so you may contact our Data Protection Officer by emailing 

Your personal information will be kept for a maximum of three years or until such time as the data is reviewed by us or is removed at your request.

How we use cookies

A cookie is a text file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us to analyse data about web page traffic and to improve our application system order to tailor it to user needs.

We only use this information for statistical analysis. Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better user experience across our websites. For further information about cookies visit

Session cookies - These cookies as a reference to a unique session ID set by our website for the current browsing session. No personal data is stored in it. The session is ended when the cookie expires, or you log out of your account. The XSRF token protects the platform and yourself from cross-site request forgery attacks.

Notification of changes

The Children’s Social Work Matters Team reserves the right to change the privacy policy statement without notice. It is the responsibility of users to check this privacy statement regularly.