I posted about finding my DD school SEN records (ed psych reports, learning plans etc) and those of many other kids in the Village Hall store cupboard (next door to the school). And my shock when the Head reported me to the police for theft as I had taken my DD's documents home for safe keeping until I was re-assured they would be held safely. This was after I notified her where the records were - the school had no idea this SEN info was in the Village Hall.
Well, I had already (as many of you kindly advised), notified the Information Commissions office about this and have had a response. They are going to do.....absolutely nothing! They acknowledged that it is 'likely the school has breached principle 7 of the DPA' (likely is as strong as they can say to 'definitely did' without it going to court) but have decided 'no further action is necessary'.
If leaving children's most sensitive information like their psychology reports and who knows what distressing background info when it comes to some kids in care etc in a virtually public store cupboard accessed by half of our village then I wonder in what cases they do take action?
I didn't want anyone hung out to dry for this, we all make mistakes but jeez this is a big one and surely there must be some learnings to be had, processes to be improved? What message does that send out about how important children's personal info is? Grrrrrrrrr!
Wow. Would social services have to investigate? What about the psychologists? I know when I was working in a medical field, I would have wanted to be notified if reports I had compiled were mishandled.
I would be launching a private criminal prosecution if sonething like this happened to us. What if some peado got ahold of it and found out personal information about my children (like where they lived!) and used it to try to rape them. This really is just crazy.
Why don’t you make a complaint to the ICO? Why don’t you contact your MP and let them know what has happened. You can still take it to court if you can demonstrate that this has caused your child to suffer damages. Seek independent legal advice before doing so. It must have been a shock.
Thanks for the comments and suggestions on routes to explore -hadn't considered anything beyond the school & ICO. The issue happened before the end of last school year, I had already logged the issue with ICO, only just got the reply.