GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation Policy)



GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation and replaces the previous Data Protection Directives that were in place. It was approved by the EU Parliament in 2016 and comes into effect on 25th May 2018.

GDPR states that personal data should be ‘processed fairly & lawfully’ and ‘collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes’ and that individual’s data is not processed without their knowledge and are only processed with their ‘explicit’ consent. GDPR covers personal data relating to individuals. The Performers Studio is committed to protecting the rights and freedoms of individuals with respect to the processing of childrens, parents, visitors and staffs personal data.

The Data Protection Act gives individuals the right to know what information is held about them. It provides a framework to ensure that personal information is handled properly.

GDPR includes 7 rights for individuals

1) The right to be informed
The Performers Studio is a registered Performing Arts provider and as so, is required to collect and manage certain data. We need to know parent’s names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses. We need to know children’s full names, addresses, date of birth and Education school, along with any SEN requirements. We are requested to provide this data to Southampton and Hampshire County Council if and when our students participate in performances; this information is sent to the Local Authority via a secure electronic file transfer system.
We are required to collect certain details of visitors to our Schools. We need to know visitor’s names, telephone numbers, email address and where appropriate company name. This is in respect of our Health and Safety and Safeguarding Policies.

As an employer The Performers Studio is required to hold data on its Teachers; names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, date of birth, National Insurance numbers, photographic ID such as passport and driver’s license, bank details. This information is also required for Disclosure and Barring Service checks (DBS) and proof of eligibility to work in the UK. This information is sent via a secure file transfer system to UCheck for the processing of DBS checks. DBS Numbers and date of issue are also held on a central staffing record.

The Performers Studio uses Cookies on its website to collect data for Google Analytics, this data is anonymous.#

2) The right of access
At any point, an individual can make a request relating to their data and The Performers Studio will need to provide a response (within 1 month). The Performers Studio can refuse a request, if we have a lawful obligation to retain data but we will inform the individual of the reasons for the rejection. The individual will have the right to complain to the ICO if they are not happy with the decision.

3) The right to erasure
You have the right to request the deletion of your data where there is no compelling reason for its continued use. However, The Performers Studio has a legal duty to keep children’s and parent’s details for a reasonable time*, The Performers Studio retain these records for 3 years after leaving pre-school, children’s accident and injury records for 19 years (or until the child reaches 21 years), and 22 years (or until the child reaches 24 years) for Child Protection records. Staff records must be kept for 6 years after the member of staff leaves employment, before they can be erased. This data is archived securely on class manager, our online database, and deleted after the legal retention period.

4) The right to restrict processing
Parents, visitors and staff can object to The Performers Studio processing their data. This means that records can be stored but must not be used in any way, for example reports or for communications.

5) The right to data portability
The Performers Studio requires data to be transferred from one IT system to another; such as from The Performers Studio to the Local Authority, for performance BOPA licences. These recipients use secure file transfer systems and have their own policies and procedures in place in relation to GDPR.

6) The right to object
The Performers Studio will send out marketing material relating to The Performers Studio, from time to time, to our students, parents and persons who have enquired about our classes. Parents, visitors and staff can object to their data being used for certain activities like marketing or research. Please inform us if you do not wish to receive this information.
7) The right not to be subject to automated decision-making including profiling.
Automated decisions and profiling are used for marketing-based organizations. The Performers Studio does not use personal data for such purposes.

Storage and use of personal information

All paper copies of children and staff records are kept in a locked filing cabinet in The Performers Studio’s head office. Members of staff can have access to these files, but information taken from the files about individual children is confidential and apart from archiving, these records remain on site at all times. These records are shredded after the retention period.
Information about individual children is used in certain documents, such as, a weekly register, medication forms, referrals to external agencies and disclosure forms. These documents include data such as children’s names, date of birth and sometimes address. These records are shredded after the relevant retention period.

The Performers Studio collects a large amount of personal data every year including; names and addresses of those on the waiting list. These records are shredded if the child does not attend or added to the child’s file and stored appropriately.
Information regarding families’ involvement with other agencies is stored both electronically on the class manager database and in paper format, this information is kept in a locked filing cabinet at The Performers Studio Head Office. These records are shredded after the relevant retention period.
The Performers Studio stores personal data held visually in photographs or video clips or as sound recordings, unless written consent has been obtained via the Model Release form/fit to Perform agreement form. No names are stored with images in photo albums, displays, on the website or on The Performers Studio social media sites.

Access to all Office computers is password protected. When a member of staff leaves the company, these passwords are changed in line with this policy and our Safeguarding policy. Any portable data storage used to store personal data, e.g. USB memory stick, are password protected and/or stored in a locked filing cabinet.
GDPR means that The Performers Studio must;
* Manage and process personal data properly
* Protect the individual’s rights to privacy
* Provide an individual with access to all personal information held on them


This Policy was created for The Performers Studio in April 2018 Signed on behalf of The Performers Studio


Kelly Mathys


Policy review date: September 2020

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