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notturningintopowerranger · 05/05/2021 16:26

Senco sent me an email about my son with huge trail of info about all children the psychologist is working with. I think it’s terrible, I’d be very upset if it was my child. Now I know who is seeing the psychologist at school, and some of them, why. Very sad about this. Not the first time school has been shit with data protection.

On the other hand I don’t want anyone to be in trouble. Could just email her directly.

So AIBU to go to head with this information?

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Am I being unreasonable?

101 votes. Final results.

You are being unreasonable
You are NOT being unreasonable
ProperVexed · 05/05/2021 16:28

It's a data breach that the school's data protection officer needs to know about and deal with. Contact the, through the school office.

BelleBlueBell · 05/05/2021 16:28

Of course you need to let the HT know. What would be the reasons not to?

LIZS · 05/05/2021 16:29

It is a data breech under gdpr . You should absolutely let the head know.

KaleSlayer · 05/05/2021 16:35

Of course you should let the headache know. And maybe you shouldn’t have read it all.

KaleSlayer · 05/05/2021 16:36

*head teacher

Iusedtoliveinsanfrancisco · 05/05/2021 16:48

Copy the senco in but definitely email the head.

MusicMenu · 05/05/2021 16:49

Yes, they need to report the data breach. But you shouldn't have read it.

londonscalling · 05/05/2021 16:51

I'd be emailing the head teacher, SENCO, psychologist, head of governors and possibly even OFSTED. It's outrageous. I wouldn't want my child's private and personal information shared with others!

CadburyCake · 05/05/2021 16:53

How do you know it hasn’t been your child on another occasion/careless email from senco? As you say, it’s not the first time.

Absolutely report to the HT. At very least the staff member will need pulling up on it and some proper training about GDPR and use of email. I’d make it a formal complaint, in writing and expect a decent response that followed their data protection policy, otherwise I’d escalate to the governors.

nimbuscloud · 05/05/2021 16:53

Yes. Report

FixTheBone · 05/05/2021 16:58

You are being unreasonable.

If they have a history of 'being shit with data protection' I'd go straight to the information commissioners office and let them reap the whirlwind, which could be a fine of upto £18m.

The insurers will pay of course, but it will force them to either train whoever is supposed to be doing the job to do it properly, or sack them and employ someone qualified, plus look at training across all their staff.

olderthanilookapparently · 05/05/2021 17:00

I would report to the HT and write to the chair of governors that is reprehensible.

(I am a chair of governors)

notturningintopowerranger · 05/05/2021 17:00

@FixTheBone you’re right, I know. I just hate the thought of the senco getting into trouble.

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notturningintopowerranger · 05/05/2021 17:01

@MusicMenu I wanted to know what had been said about my child! Luckily I don’t know the names of children in school so much of it is meaningless to me, but that’s beside the point.

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Onceuponatime1818 · 05/05/2021 17:03

What do you mean?

They accidentally sent you an email with lots of Kids being named and their issues? If so yes maybe breach and report.

notturningintopowerranger · 05/05/2021 17:08

Yes @Onceuponatime1818 lots of children’s details shared. I’m annoyed as there was similar in 2019.

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FrippEnos · 05/05/2021 17:10


I'd be emailing the head teacher, SENCO, psychologist, head of governors and possibly even OFSTED. It's outrageous. I wouldn't want my child's private and personal information shared with others!

3 out of your 5 will just pass it on

two of them back to the head to deal with

and the head to the person in charge of data protection

and only the HT will expect anything back other than we have dealt with it.
Onceuponatime1818 · 05/05/2021 17:11

Well yes defo, complain. Really unprofessional and terrible. Needs to be dealt with ASAP. I wouldn’t usually go to a head but in this instance I would

lanthanum · 05/05/2021 17:13

The Senco needs to get into just enough trouble that it doesn't happen again. That shouldn't mean being sacked or anything so drastic, but it can't be completely ignored, or it will keep happening. I think you have to trust the head to make an appropriate response, whether that's a "quick word", some training or a formal "warning".

Thisgirlcando · 05/05/2021 17:15

It’s a safeguarding issue that you’ve received it alongside gdpr breach. Our SENCO is useless for stuff like this, I would go to the head and the chair of governors, in the wrong hands the information could potentially be really dangerous so it needs to be dealt with properly.

MrsBroccoliBigHead · 05/05/2021 17:16

Would you like your personal medical conditions passed on to other parents ? These children should expect the same level of confidentiality
They need to be reported regardless of what you feel

Onceuponatime1818 · 05/05/2021 17:16

We aren’t allowed to put any full names in emails any more as this happened a few times. So like
When talking about Joe Blogs we have to say JB and then call the person and say their name!!

VillanellesOrangeCoat · 05/05/2021 17:18

You won’t be getting the senco into trouble. They will be getting themselves into trouble, and rightly so! That’s a really serious breach.

Purpletomato · 05/05/2021 17:25

I'd say it's actually your responsibility to report it.

ElphabaTWitch · 05/05/2021 17:34

Breaks so many laws. You have to tell them. Someone has to.

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