1.1 Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote people’s welfare and work to protect them from harm. Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility.
1.2 Safeguarding means:
Protecting children from maltreatment
Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcome
Protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect1
1.3 The Disability Representation Unit is responsible for ensuring that its staff and volunteers recognise and take appropriate action when a safeguarding concern arises.
2.1 This policy applies to all The Disability Representation Unit staff members and volunteers. It forms part of their contract or volunteer agreement with The Disability Representation Unit staff.
2.2 Adopting this policy will help us to create an environment in which:
Children and adults at risk are listened to and kept safe
Parents and young people are supported and encouraged
Staff and volunteers are supported and protected
2.3 Strict adherence must be given to this policy.
2.4 This policy will be reviewed following a serious incident and at least once a year.
3.1 The founder of The Disability Representation Unit has ultimate responsibility for ensuring that reasonable steps are taken to protect people who come into contact with The Disability Representation Unit from harm. Staff and volunteers share responsibility for the day-to-day application of, and adherence to, this policy.
3.2 The Disability Representation Unit has a Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) who is the first point of contact for staff and volunteers when a safeguarding concern arises.
Contact details for the above are contained in section 9 of this policy.
4. RELEVANT LAW AND GUIDANCE
4.1 The Department for Education (DfE) is strategically responsible for safeguarding children in England. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is strategically responsible for safeguarding adults at risk in England.
4.2 Policy, legislation and statutory guidance in relation to safeguarding are set by Government at a national level.
4.3 At the local level, it is local authorities and the police who have responsibility for responding to allegations of abuse and coordinating safeguarding processes between the various different agencies. Local authorities have the lead role and are generally the first point of contact for safeguarding concerns relating to children and adults.
4.4 For both children and adults, the lists of relevant legislation and guidance below are not exhaustive. There are other types of legislation that relate to safeguarding, but these are the key pieces of guidance and legislation that provide the foundation for this policy.
4.5.1 The framework relating to the safeguarding of children (up to the age of 18) is set out in the following legislation and guidance:
• Children Act 1989
• Children Act 2004
• Working Together to Safeguard Children: A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, July 2018
4.5.2 Each local authority area has local safeguarding arrangements, led by three safeguarding partners (local authorities, chief officers of police and clinical commissioning groups). Their role is to work with relevant agencies to safeguard and protect the welfare of children in the area.
4.6 Adults at risk
4.6.1 There are differences in the law relating to the safeguarding of adults (those aged 18 and over). An adult is considered to be at risk if:
he or she has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs);
• he or she is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect; and
as a result of those needs, he or she is unable to protect himself or herself against the abuse or neglect or the risk of it.
4.6.2 For the purposes of the Children and Families Act 2014, a young person is someone aged between 18 and 25. Many of the young people that The Disability Representation Unit supports will meet the definition of an adult at risk by virtue of having care and support needs.
4.6.3 The framework relating to the safeguarding of young people/adults (those over the age of 18) is set out in the following legislation and guidance:
• Care Act 2014
• Care and Support Statutory Guidance Issued under the Care Act 2014, October 2014
4.7 Each local authority must have a Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB), made up of representatives from the local authority, health bodies, the police and other partners. The role of the SAB is to lead adult safeguarding arrangements across its locality and oversee and coordinate the effectiveness of the safeguarding work of its member and partner agencies.
5. RECOGNISING SAFEGUARDING CONCERNS
5.1 A safeguarding concern arises when a staff or volunteer sees, hears or reads something that makes them think that a child or adult may be at risk of abuse.
5.2 Types of abuse: children
5.2.1 There are four main categories of child abuse:
1. Physical abuse, which may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces, illness in a child.
2. Neglect, which is the most common form of abuse, involves a persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. It can include:
• failing to provide adequate food, clothing and shelter
• failing to protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger
• failing to ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate caregivers)
• failing to ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment
• neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.
3. Sexual abuse, which involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, not necessarily involving a high level of violence, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact including:
• assault by penetration (for example, rape or oral sex)
• non-penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, rubbing and touching outside of clothing.
They may also include non-contact activities, such as:
• involving children in looking at, or in the production of, sexual images
• watching sexual activities
Sexual abuse can take place online, and technology can be used to facilitate offline abuse.
4. Emotional abuse, which can occur in a number of ways and often happens alongside other forms of abuse, involves the persistent emotional maltreatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional development. It includes:
• conveying to a child that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meets the needs of another person
• not giving the child opportunities to express their views, deliberately silencing them or ‘making fun’ of what they say or how they communicate
• age or developmentally inappropriate expectations being imposed on children – including interactions that are beyond a child’s developmental capability, overprotection and limitation of exploration and learning, or preventing the child participating in normal social interaction
• seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another
• serious bullying (including cyber bullying)
• causing children frequently to feel frightened or in danger
• the exploitation or corruption of children.
5.2.2 There are also some miscellaneous emerging forms of abuse, which include:
• exploitation or trafficking for the purpose of exploitation
• abuse linked to beliefs such as witchcraft
• radicalisation or coercion into terrorist activities
• honour-based violence
5.3 Types of abuse: adults
5.3.1 The categories of abuse set out above for children will also be applicable to adults, but there are some other types of abuse which are unique to adults, in particular:
• financial abuse which might involve theft, being defrauded or being put under pressure in relation to money or other property
• self-neglect which may involve a range of behaviour related to neglecting to care for one’s personal hygiene, health or surroundings and can include behaviour such as hoarding. However, this must be balanced with the fundamental right to a private life so if someone chooses to live in a particular way, however worrying that is, there are limited circumstances when the law can intervene
5.4 Children and young people with SEN/disabilities may be more likely to be vulnerable to safeguarding issues than other groups. The parents or carers of these children and young people may also be adults at risk themselves.
5.5 When might a safeguarding concern arise?
5.5.1 The Disability Representation Unit provides advice and information on the law relating to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities via telephone consultations, tribunal casework support service and face-to-face meetings. Our services are delivered by staff and a network of volunteers.
5.5.2 A safeguarding concern may arise during the delivery of any of these services – for example:
• during a telephone consultation between staff and a parent when staff might be concerned about something raised during the conversation
ï as a result of something read in the paperwork for a Tribunal appeal
• as a result of something read in online or paper application.
(Please note: this list is not exhaustive)
5.5.3 A safeguarding concern may also be raised about a member of The Disability Representation Unit staff, or a volunteer as well as in the process of recruiting and selecting staff, and volunteers – for example, if someone is vague about previous employment or gaps in employment.
5.5.4 The Disability Representation Unit does not carry out DBS checks on volunteers, and staff as a matter of course as we do not undertake direct unsupervised work with children or adults at risk.
However, we do consider whether a DBS check is required for each role we recruit, based on where they will be working (e.g. in a school) and whether the role will involve direct and unsupervised work with children.
6. SAFEGUARDING PROCEDURES
6.1 The Disability Representation Unit will provide all staff and volunteers with a copy of the safeguarding policy. We are developing an online webinar safeguarding training as part of their induction process. Training will be repeated every year.
6.2 Any staff member or volunteer who has concerns, suspects or knows of safeguarding issues must raise their concerns in line with the process set out in Appendix 2 of this policy. Failure to report concerns may lead to disciplinary action or, in the case of volunteers, suspension pending investigation.
6.3 An anonymised central log of safeguarding concerns raised and action taken is maintained by the DSO.
7.1 Staff and volunteers should never promise not to tell anyone if they are told or suspect that a child or adult is at risk. What is important is that the only people who are told are those who need to know.
7.2 Records will be confidential and only accessible to the DSO.
7.3 All documentation will be kept securely to ensure only people who need to know have access.
8. Information sharing
8.1 Working Together to Safeguard Children: A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, and the Care and Support Statutory Guidance Issued under the Care Act 2014 are clear that effective sharing of information is essential to keep children and adults safe. In most serious case reviews, lack of information sharing has been found to have been a significant factor when things have gone wrong.
8.2 Information should be shared with consent wherever possible, but the Data Protection Act 2018 contains ‘safeguarding of children and individuals at risk’ as a processing condition that allows the sharing of information. This includes sharing information without consent, if it is not possible to gain consent, it cannot be reasonably expected to gain consent, or if to gain consent would place an individual at risk.
8.3 The Disability Representation Unit will share information about safeguarding concerns with relevant agencies where appropriate. In circumstances where it is felt necessary to share information, we will:
• Be open and honest with the person (and/or their family where appropriate) from the outset about why, what, how and with whom information will, or could be, shared and seek their agreement unless it is unsafe or inappropriate to do so.
• Base our information sharing decisions on considerations of the safety and well-being of the person and others who may be affected by their actions or the actions of the perpetrator.
• Ensure that the information we share is necessary for the purpose for which we are sharing it, that it is shared only with those people who need to have it, it is accurate and up to date, it is shared in a timely fashion and is shared securely.
• Keep a record of our decision and the reasons for it, whether it is to share information or not.
9.2 The contact details for the Designated Safeguarding Officer, at The Disability Representation Unit is:
9. DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING OFFICER (DSO)
9.1 The Disability Representation Unit has appointed an appropriate member of staff to act as the organisation’s Designated Safeguarding Officer. They are the first point of contact for staff and volunteers who may have safeguarding concerns.
Designated Safeguarding Officer: Sarah Rhodes
Process for staff and volunteers to follow in raising a safeguarding concern
If you are worried about something you see or hear, it is NOT your responsibility to decide if it is a safeguarding issue BUT it is your responsibility to act on your concerns by following the procedures set out below. Taking appropriate action about concerns is never easy. You may be upset about the situation and/or worried about the consequences of your actions. One thing is certain – you cannot ignore it!
If a parent/ carer or young person tells you something that raises a safeguarding concern, it is important that you:
• Stay calm
• Listen carefully to what is said and ask questions for clarification only and at all times avoid asking questions that suggest a particular answer
• Be honest; explain that the information may need to be shared with others. Tell them what you will do next and with whom the information will be shared
• Never try to deal with the problem alone
Maintain confidentiality wherever possible, unless it puts the child or adult concerned at risk.
Step 1: Contact the DSO by email to let them know that a concern has arisen.
See section 9 of the Safeguarding Policy for the DSO’s contact details. If a safeguarding concern arises outside of normal office hours (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm), and you think there is an imminent risk of harm, report your concern to the police on 101 or contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 500 for advice on what if any action needs to be taken, and then follow steps 2 and 3 below.
Step 2: Record your concerns on the The Disability Representation Unit “Logging a Safeguarding Concern” form which is saved in the safeguarding folder on the central drive, or obtainable from the DSO. Only facts should be recorded on the form and all sections must be completed.
Equalities and diversity Policy
1. The Disability Representation Unit is committed to being an Equal Opportunities Employer, encouraging applicants from all sections of the community, and retaining them on the basis of non discriminatory employment practices and flexibility of approach. We have monitored race, gender and disability in our recruitment practice. Although we are not a public body and therefore obliged to maintain equality plans, we will seek to take the following further measures regarding our employment practice to seek to achieve equality regarding race, gender, disability, age, religion belief and sexual orientation.
2. This policy will be reviewed annually by senior management who will review the implementation of this policy and consider the practicality of extending it to include The Disability Representation Unit services when resources permit.
3. Our recruitment policy will abide by the following principles:
Advertise jobs externally
Include a positive Equal Opportunities statement in job packs
Ensure monitoring forms are completed for all candidates
Advertise all jobs internally as well as externally
Advertise all internal jobs to the entire organisation
Ensure person specifications are developed for advertised job
Interviewers to use equal opportunities best practice throughout recruitment e.g. short listing, preparing assessments, questioning techniques
Equal opportunities monitoring conducted at all stages of the recruitment and selection process
4. Monitor any grievances or complaints of harassment to ensure that they are not related to discriminatory practices
5. Consider carefully any requests for flexible working
6. Monitor leavers to ensure that turnover is not related to discriminatory practices.
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION, WHO WE ARE AND THE PURPOSE OF THIS PRIVACY NOTICE
Parents, guardians, carers or professionals using our services which include, website, phone and text message based advice/consultations, online forms and application services, SEND Tribunal Case preparation and written representation, complaint writing service and others, receive legally based information and advice on educational issues, social care and benefit entitlement that relate to their child or young person's SEND. In order to give accurate information and advice, The Disability Representation Unit needs to collect information about you and the child or young person you contact us about. This is ‘personal data’ under the Data Protection Act 2018 (the 2018 Act) and the General Data Protection Regulation EU 2016/679 (GDPR). Under this legislation, The Disability Representation Unit is a controller and/or processor of your data and we must tell you what your rights are as well as how we collect, store and use your data.
The Disability Representation Unit collects personal data about you and the child or young person you contact us about. Where relevant, or where provided by you, we may also collect data about other family members such as your partner or your child/young person’s siblings.
Where the information provided does not relate to you, we shall presume that you have the consent of the person whom you are supplying the data about, to provide that information to us.
In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, you are entitled to request a copy of the information The Disability Representation Unit holds about you. The Disability Representation Unit may charge a fee for complying with this request. If there is information that we hold about you that is not correct then please let us know by writing to us and we will update your personal information accordingly.
If you have any questions about this notice or how we collect, store and use personal information about you please contact us.
This privacy notice may be amended from time to time. Updated versions of this privacy notice will be available on our website.
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We are The Disability Representation Unit trading under this name.
Our registered office is at 27 Old Gloucester Street, London, WC1N 3AX.
If you have any questions, please address for the attention of the ‘The Data Privacy Manager’’: Sarah Rhodes
You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues (www.ico.org.uk). We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO so please contact us in the first instance.
Staff or volunteers at The Disability Representation Unit may not all hold full practicing certificates and or be legally qualified unless specifically stated. We do however all have very considerable experience in this area of work accumulated over many years.
WHEN YOU BOOK A SERVICE ONLINE - HOW THE CONTRACT IS FORMED BETWEEN YOU AND US
After placing a booking and it is paid in full on our website: www.thedru.co.uk or via bank transfer you will receive an e-mail from us acknowledging that we have received your online booking. This does not mean that your order has been accepted. Your order constitutes an offer to us to buy a service. All bookings and orders are subject to acceptance by us, and we will confirm such acceptance to you by sending you a follow up e-mail confirming what the next steps are and may also include for certain services, a client authority letter attached with that email that you must sign, date and complete. The contract between us (Contract) will only be formed when we send you the follow up email with further instructions.
The Contract will relate only to those services we have confirmed in the follow up email.
If we decline your booking or order, we will inform you of this, no contract will be formed between us and will not charge you for the service. This might be for various reasons including for example because of unexpected limits on our resources which we could not reasonably plan for, because we have identified an error in the price or description of the product or because we are unable to meet a delivery deadline you have specified.
YOUR RIGHT TO CANCEL
You have the right to cancel the contract formed with us when you book and paY for services on www.thedru.co.uk or paid via bank transfer. You can cancel the contract for any reason and at any time within the cancellation period also known as the ''14-day cooling off period''. (see below).
This cancellation policy has been provided to you because you have or about to enter into a contract to which the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 (‘the Regulations’) apply. Under the Regulations, you have the right to cancel this contract if you wish to do so within fourteen days, which begins the day after you enter a contract with the Disability Representation Unit. This is called the ''14-day cooling off period'.
The contract between us (Contract) will only be formed when we send you the follow up email with further instructions that follows the email acknowledging your booking.
You can cancel your booking by sending an email to: email@example.com with the subject heading ‘Cancellation’ and clearly stating that you would like to cancel in the body of the email.
If you cancel during the ‘’14 day cooling off period’, you will be entitled to received your money back in full (processed within 14 days). The only exception is if you have indicated verbally or by checking the box or making 'YES' in your Client Authority letter requesting that we start work early on your behalf during the cooling off period, in which case the Disability Representation Unit will keep what’s necessary to cover the cost of services provided up until the time and date you cancelled. This may include (but not limited to) deductions for admin or paperwork costs during that time.
This website, text messages phone based advise and follow up emails may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins and applications. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. We do not control these third-party websites and are not responsible for their privacy statements. When you leave our website we encourage you to read the privacy notice of every website you visit.
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If you intend to use links to the The Disability Representation Unit website on another website then this is only permitted to the Home page of the The Disability Representation Unit website, unless otherwise expressly agreed. In order for any link to be permitted, it must be performed in accordance with English law and neither damage The Disability Representation Unit’s reputation nor take advantage of it. No links are permitted which suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on the part of The Disability Representation Unit without our prior consent. The Disability Representation Unit reserves the right to withdraw linking permission without notice. If you would like to discuss using links to the The Disability Representation Unit website on your site then please feel free to contact us on the details above.
RELYING ON THE CONTENT OF THIS WEBSITE
Our website, text message or phone based advice and follow up emails contain general information based on English law and although The Disability Representation Unit endeavours to ensure that the content is accurate and up to date, users should seek appropriate legal advice before taking or refraining from taking any action based on the content of the website or otherwise.
The complaint letters and other types of letters or applications we write are not intended as a substitute for legal advice (which we urge clients to seek when the circumstances warrant it).
The contents of this website, text message or phone based advice and follow up emails are provided for general information purposes only. If you require specific legal advice you should contact a specialist lawyer.
USE OF THIS WEBSITE, TEXT MESSAGE OR PHONE BASED ADVICE AND FOLLOW UP EMAILS
The contents of this website may be downloaded for personal use only. You may not reproduce, copy, distribute or publish – whether electronically or in hard copy – any information contained within this website, text message or phone based advice and follow up emails without the prior written consent of The Disability Representation Unit.
The Disability Representation Unit will try to ensure that our website is fully operational 24 hours a day. This however cannot be guaranteed and The Disability Representation Unit will not be liable if for any reason the website is unavailable at any time or for any period. Access to the The Disability Representation Unit website may be suspended temporarily and without notice for any reason and for reasons beyond our control. Please note that although reasonable care is taken by The Disability Representation Unit to ensure that the website and materials available from it are virus free, we cannot accept responsibility for any viruses you download.
Our text based service allow you to send and receive SMS text messages containing advice in relation to educational issues, social care, online forms and applications as specified on the website and benefit entitlement that relate to their child or young person's Special Educational Needs and Disability only.
THE DATA WE COLLECT ABOUT YOU
Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data).
We may collect, use, store and transfer different kinds of personal data about you which we have grouped together as follows:
Identity Data includes first name, last name, email address, username or similar identifier.
Contact Data includes billing address, email address and telephone numbers
Transaction Data includes details of services you have purchased from us.
Financial Data includes last 4 digits, expiry date, type and postal code of credit/debit card used to purchase the service and transaction history, including successful and unsuccessful payments (including the amount of each payment) made to The Disability Representation Unit
Technical Data includes internet protocol (IP) address, your login data, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you use to access this website.
Profile Data includes purchases or requests made by you, your interests, preferences, feedback and survey responses.
Usage Data includes information about how you use our website and services.
Marketing Data includes your preferences in receiving marketing from us and your engagement with our marketing activities.
Communications Data includes your communication preferences and email, voicemail and telephone records to customer support.
We also collect, use and share Aggregated Data such as statistical or demographic data for any purpose. Aggregated Data may be derived from your personal data but is not considered personal data in law as this data does not directly or indirectly reveal your identity. For example, we may aggregate your Usage Data to calculate the percentage of users accessing a specific website feature. However, if we combine or connect Aggregated Data with your personal data so that it can directly or indirectly identify you, we treat the combined data as personal data which will be used in accordance with this privacy notice.
We do not collect any Special Categories of Personal Data about you (this includes details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, information about your health and genetic and biometric data). Nor do we collect any information about criminal convictions and offences.
IF YOU FAIL TO PROVIDE PERSONAL DATA
Where we need to collect personal data by law, or under the terms of a contract we have with you and you fail to provide that data when requested, we may not be able to perform the contract we have or are trying to enter into with you (for example, to provide you with goods or services). In this case, we may have to cancel a product or service you have with us but we will notify you if this is the case at the time.
HOW IS YOUR PERSONAL DATA COLLECTED?
We use different methods to collect data from and about you including through:
Direct interactions. You may give us your Identity, Contact and/or Financial Data by filling in forms or by corresponding with us. This includes personal data you provide when you:
apply for or use our services;
subscribe to our service;
request marketing communications or content to be sent to you;
correspond with our Customer Service or Sales teams;
partake in a promotion;
complete a survey; or
provide us with feedback.
Automated technologies or interactions. As you interact with our website, we may automatically collect Technical Data about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns. We collect this personal data by using cookies, and other similar technologies.
Third parties or publicly available sources. We may receive personal data about you from various third parties as set out below:
Technical Data from analytics providers such as Google and Mixpanel based outside the EEA;
Financial Data (for example the success or otherwise of a transaction) from payment providers based either inside or outside the EEA.
HOW WE USE YOUR PERSONAL DATA
We will only use your personal data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:
Where we need to perform the contract we are about to enter into or have entered into with you.
Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.
Where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation.
We do not always rely on consent as a legal basis for processing your personal data but we do in relation to sending third party direct marketing communications to you via email. You have the right to withdraw consent to marketing at any time by contacting us.
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The Disability Representation Unit does not use any long term Cookies to store information on your device. We do use in-session cookies to transmit data should you complete the various forms on our website; the data entered on the form is not stored by us via Cookies.
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We may collect your name and contact details (such as your email address, phone number or address) in order to send you information about our products and services which you might be interested in. We may collect this directly from you, or through a third party. If a third party collected your name and contact details, they will only pass those details to us for marketing purposes if you have consented to them doing so.
You always have the right to “opt out” of receiving our marketing. You can exercise the right at any time by contacting us. If we send you any marketing emails, we will always provide an unsubscribe option to allow you to opt out of any further marketing emails.
If you “opt-out” of our marketing materials you will be added to our suppression list to ensure we do not accidentally send you further marketing. Where you unsubscribe from any postal marketing, you may initially still receive some content which has already been printed or sent, but we will remove you from any future campaigns. We may still need to contact you administrative or operational purposes, but we will make sure that those communications don’t include direct marketing.
If you are an existing customer or are acting as a business we use your contact details as necessary for our legitimate interests in marketing to you and maintaining a list of potential customers.
If you are not an existing customer, and are not acting as a business, we will only contact you for marketing purposes with your consent.
We never share your name or contact details with third parties for marketing purposes.
We retain your details on our marketing list until you “opt-out” at which point we add you to our suppression list. We keep that suppression list indefinitely to comply with our legal obligations to ensure we don’t accidentally send you any more marketing.
DISCLOSURE OF YOUR PERSONAL DATA
We may have to share your personal data with the parties set out below:
Companies that we work with or partner with to deliver our Services to you.
Professional services and technology providers such as marketing agencies, website development companies and other technology companies,.
Third parties to whom we may choose to sell, transfer, or merge parts of our business or our assets. Alternatively, we may seek to acquire other businesses or merge with them. If a change happens to our business, then the new owners may use your personal data in the same way as set out in this privacy notice.
Where we are required to do so for legal or regulatory compliance.
We may provide third parties with aggregated but anonymised information and analytics about our customers and, before we do so, we will make sure that it does not identify you.
We require all third parties to respect the security of your personal data and to treat it in accordance with the law. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes and only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.
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Any reliance upon the information given on this website, text message based advice and follow up email is at the user's own risk. The Disability Representation Unit excludes to the fullest extent lawfully permitted all liability for loss or damage, whether direct, indirect or consequential arising from your accessing, failing to access, or reliance on information contained in this website, text message or phone based advice and follow up emails from delay or the failure to respond to an enquiry, or from any information or omission contained in this website.
The Disability Representation Unit is not a law firm and does not conduct reserved legal activities and is not authorised or regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Bar Standards Board.