The Data Protection Act 1998 gives you a legal right to see what information is held about you and we wish to support people in gaining access to anything that is written about them. However there are some circumstances set out in the Data Protection Act where we may not be able to disclose to you all the information we hold. Even if these circumstances apply, we have the duty to provide you with as much information as we can.
Examples of circumstances:
- Information which may be seriously harmful to you or some other person.
- The information identifies another person who has not agreed to it being passed to you.
- Special rules apply to information provided by health professionals, the Children's Reporter and the Education Service.
- Information given and held for the purposes of preventing or detecting crime, or for prosecuting or apprehending offenders.
- Information, which is, restricted by another law e.g. adoption agency records.