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WHMum1806 Wed 01-Nov-17 17:18:22

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!

PerkingFaintly Wed 01-Nov-17 17:23:38

shock I know the ICO has limits to what it can achieve (funding as well as powers), but that sounds incredibly blasé.

Notevilstepmother Wed 01-Nov-17 20:29:29

Ofsted next. Is the school local authority or an academy?

BriechonCheese Wed 01-Nov-17 20:33:03

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.

Swizzlesticks23 Wed 01-Nov-17 20:34:40

I feel like your a big obsessed with this.

They have learnt their lesson move on.

Ttbb Wed 01-Nov-17 20:39:31

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.

FenceSitter01 Wed 01-Nov-17 20:41:36

I would be launching a private criminal prosecution if sonething like this happened to us.

And how would you afford that?

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.

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight

Noimbrianfromhull Wed 01-Nov-17 20:47:16

From OP to complete histrionics in 5 posts. Not quite the record but a good effort.

shhhfastasleep Wed 01-Nov-17 20:49:43

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.

GrockleBocs Wed 01-Nov-17 20:50:09

I'm impressed at their speed of decision.

shhhfastasleep Wed 01-Nov-17 20:52:26

I meant: You can ask the ICO to review its decision.

DrumDrop Wed 01-Nov-17 20:53:45

Please tell me the rape comment was a parody.....

Surprised at IOC. I got called into a meeting at work as a letter I had folded and posted had a bit of the hospital logo peaking through the clear envelope window.

Breach of confidentiality!

LaBelleSausage Wed 01-Nov-17 21:08:51

I’m shocked at the ICO - it’s not just children, it’s vulnerable children!

brabenot Wed 01-Nov-17 21:16:17

Disgusted but not surprised the way this country is today.

Fruitcorner123 Wed 01-Nov-17 21:19:25

Swizzlesticks23

I feel like your a big obsessed with this

They have learnt their lesson move on.

Surely the point is that they haven't learnt their lesson! I would agree with the earlier poster about ofsted and maybe the local paper as well.

RafaIsTheKingOfClay Wed 01-Nov-17 21:28:04

I didn't post on the last thread, but surely the actions the school took indicate they haven't learnt their lesson.

It doesn't seem like they have a clue about their responsibilities at all.

Swizzlesticks23 Wed 01-Nov-17 21:44:40

You can still take it to court if you can demonstrate that this has caused your child to suffer damages......

Sorry what.

How has the child suffered damage

LivLemler Wed 01-Nov-17 21:53:19

I can't believe the ICO didn't do more, that's awful.

SandSnakeofDorne Wed 01-Nov-17 22:00:01

Well one bit of good news is that they must have drastically improved their case handling times.

WHMum1806 Wed 01-Nov-17 22:36:43

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.

Swizzlesticks23

They have learnt their lesson move on.

With respect, I'm not sure how you can know that?

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