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Family Drug and Alcohol Court Feasibility Study: Privacy notice

This privacy notice sets out how we will process information from everyone taking part in this research. In line with GDPR (the EU General Data Protection Regulation), it explains the legal basis of this study for data processing; who will have access to participants’ personal data; how this data will be used, stored and deleted; and who you can contact with a query or a complaint.

What is the legal basis for processing my data?

The What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC) has commissioned the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) to carry out an evaluation of the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC). NatCen is carrying out this initial feasibility study to assess the appropriateness of different evaluatory research designs.

NatCen is the data controller and the data processor for this project. In order for the use of personal data to be lawful, we need to meet one (or more) conditions in the data protection legislation, as set out in Article 6(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). For the purpose of this project, the relevant condition that we are meeting is ‘legitimate interests’.

Who will have access to my personal data?

NatCen is carrying out this research and will have access to contact details/job role information (where permission has been given to share these), notes taken from interviews and workshops, and survey responses.

How will the data be used?

The data collected will only be used for research purposes. All data will be stored and handled securely and confidentially in line with GDPR.  Reports and publications arising from this research will not identify any individual participants.  The findings will be anonymised and we will not include your name in the research outputs.

Within 12 months of the end of the feasibility study period (April 2020), any personal information will be pseudonymised, meaning that it can no longer be attributed to a specific person without the use of additional information. The pseudonymised data will then be transferred to Nesta. Nesta is a partner of WWCSC and will take on WWCSC’s contract commissioning the research at the end of March 2020. Nesta will then archive the pseudonymised data.

Who can I contact with a query or a complaint?

If you have questions about how your data will be used, please contact NatCen’s Data Protection Officer at

Under GDPR, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office. Please go to for more information.