Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Social Care Matters (SCM) is run by Barnsley Council on behalf of the 15 local authorities in Yorkshire & The Humber. Barnsley Council is registered with the Information Commissioners Office as a Data Controller. Our registration number is Z5121328. We collect and process information in accordance with GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018.


This SCM privacy policy statement discloses the privacy practices for – how we use and look after your personal information. It applies solely to this website; links within this site to other websites are not covered by this privacy statement.


Information collection and use

The Social Care Matters website will record your name, email address and telephone/mobile number if you:

  • Sign up to receive job alerts
  • Send us an email

It will be used to allow us to respond to your request for information. In doing so, the legal basis we have for processing your personal information is that of a ‘legitimate interest’.


In order to process your information request, as part of our partnership arrangements we may need to share this data with the organisations within the Social Care Matters programme (Barnsley Council, Bradford Council, Calderdale Council, Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Hull City Council, Kirklees Council, Leeds City Council, North East Lincolnshire Council, North Lincolnshire Council, North Yorkshire Council, Rotherham Council, Sheffield City Council, Wakefield Council, York Council).


Your rights, access and control of your personal information

You have the right to see what information: is held about you; have incorrect information corrected; and to have it removed.


Where we hold your personal information we’ll:

  • Provide records of what we hold when you request this from us
  • Correct it if it’s inaccurate, especially if you ask us to
  • Stop processing personal information where we can, and if you ask us to
  • Stop sending you mailing information when you ask us to (opt out)


To do this you can contact Karen Jones at Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, People Directorate, 7th Floor, Gateway Plaza, Barnsley, S70 9GG or at


You also have the right to complain to the Data Protection Office if you feel that your data has not been handled in accordance with the law. To do so you may contact our Data Protection Officer by emailing


Your personal information will be kept for a maximum of three years or until such time as the data is reviewed by us or is removed at your request.



A cookie is a small file, which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

In general, we use cookies and our records of the pages users have visited to gather information about all of our users collectively, such as what areas users visit most frequently and what services are accessed most. We only use such data in the aggregate. This information helps us determine what is most beneficial for our users, and how we can continually create a better overall experience for our users and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs.


Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.


You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website. You can also remove any cookies that have been created in the cookie folder of your browser.


Notification of changes

The Social Care Matters Team reserves the right to change the privacy policy statement without notice. It is the responsibility of users to check this privacy statement regularly.