Privacy Policy

St Francis’ Children’s Society is registered as a data controller with the Information Commission’s Office, reference: Z8591724.

St. Francis’ Children’s Society (SFCS) is a registered charity 211670, and company limited by guarantee, company number 392550, registered address Collis House, 48 Newport Road, Woolstone, Milton Keynes, MK15 0AA.

We respect your privacy and understand how important it is that personal information remains secure. This statement describes how and when SFCS collects and uses information about the people who visit our website. If you have any questions about this statement please contact SFCS at the above address or email

Your personal data is protected by UK and EU legislation. The UK Data Protection Act 1998 was replaced by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018 and provides the legal framework for the holding, processing and accessing of data. Other legislation includes the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) 2003 and the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (ACA). SFCS is registered as a data controller with the Information Commissioner for the United Kingdom for those purposes for which personal information is collected on this website.


Information collected

You may at times be asked to supply personal information via the SFCS website. Personal information is anything that enables us to identify you in some way, such as your name and email address. For instance, we may collect personal information from you when you complete online forms as part of communicating with SFCS, when you subscribe to our e-news, or otherwise provide us with personal information. SFCS will only collect personal information when you specifically and knowingly give consent and provide it.

If you supply such information, we are legally bound by the GDPR 2018 to ensure that such information is only used for the purpose for which it was requested and also to ensure that the data is held securely.


Use of my information

We will use your personal information to provide you with the information and services you have requested, for administration purposes and to further our charitable aims or to help inform the adoption practices and support we offer.

We will retain your information for as long as you have an active relationship with SFCS. If you cease to have an active relationship with us or request to receive no further contact, we may retain some basic information in order to avoid sending you unwanted materials in the future, and to ensure that we don’t accidentally duplicate information.


Information security

SFCS takes the care of your data seriously and undertakes to protect your personal information in a range of ways. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. These measures include the use of a secure, UK-based server, firewalls and SSL encryption.

However, please be aware that the transmission of information over the Internet is never 100% secure so, while we strive to protect your personal information, we can’t guarantee the security of any information you submit to us via our website.

SFCS will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we are required to do so by law.


Sharing of information

Your personal information will not be shared with third party companies without your explicit consent. However, we reserve the right to release anonymised personal information where we are required to do so by law.  For example – data collected as part of the quarterly data collection for the Adoption & Special Guardianship Leadership Board (ASGLB) which we are also required to share with Ofsted.


Links to other websites

The SFCS website contains links to other websites which should be of interest to our visitors. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.


Access your information

You have the right to ask for a copy of the information we hold about you (administrative costs may be applicable) and to have any inaccuracies in your information corrected. If you wish to exercise these rights, please write to:

The Office Manager, Collis House, 48 Newport Road, Woolstone, Milton Keynes MK15 0AA


We aim to issue an initial response to all enquiries within five working days, and will offer a full response to all information access requests within twenty-eight days of receipt. It will help us locate your records more easily if you can tell us something about the nature of your relationship with SFCS.


Ceasing contact

If you wish to receive no further information from us, at any point in time, this can be done via the above postal or email address. If you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time and unsubscribe using the links in the e-updates you receive.


Your consent

By providing us with your personal information you consent to the collection and use of that information for the purposes and in the manner described in this Privacy Policy. SFCS reserves the right to modify or amend this privacy statement. Any alterations to our policy on the collection or use of data will be posted on this website. The latest version will be available on this website so please check periodically. By continuing to use this website you will be deemed to have accepted any changes.

If you have any questions or concerns about the use of your personal information, please contact us at and we will make every reasonable effort to address your concerns.