You can access our digital parenting support services via: www.parents.actionforchildren.org.uk
This website provides a variety of information, advice, and guidance for parents of children aged 0-19, on topics from emotional wellbeing to behaviour, nutrition to sleep. During our opening hours (noted on this website), you can also access our free, confidential live chat service with our parenting coaches.
Our live chat feature allows you to chat online to us about whatever is on your mind relating to your children or family – you don’t necessarily have to have a question ready to ask, we’re just here to listen and support you. You will need to provide your email address to live chat, so you can securely log in and see previous live chats you’ve had with our parenting coaches. If we recognise that your email address has been used before, we will send you a quick email to verify that it’s you. Once logged in, you will be able to start a new conversation or read previous ones. By using our live chat service, you understand and give your explicit consent to this.
You can also sign up to receive parenting tips and updates. For this, you will need to provide us with your name and email address. We may also ask you for your child’s age and date of birth so we can tailor the information appropriately. By supplying this personal information in the online form, you consent to us storing the information for the stated purpose.
Action for Children is committed to protecting the privacy of its supporters and stakeholders. All your personal information will be treated in accordance with data protection law including the UK Data Protection Act 2018 and the Data Protection (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law 2017 and other applicable data privacy legislation.
We review our privacy policies regularly so this policy may be updated from time to time. The latest version will always be published on this website. This version was updated on 13 September 2023.
We gather and use certain information about you in order to provide our digital parenting support services to you and enable functions on our website. We also collect information and report on service use in order to better understand how you are using this service and so that we can make timely and relevant improvements.
These services are offered on a voluntary basis – you are under no obligation to access these services. Our live chat service incorporates a consent form; our lawful basis for providing this service to you will be based on your consent.
We only collect personal information when you specifically provide it to us. This may happen when you are having a conversation with us, if you complete an evaluation form after a conversation, or you fill out an online form on our website.
When signing up to receive parenting tips and updates, if you want to, you can also opt-in to receive news about our latest campaigns and how you can continue to support our vital work.
If you change your mind, you can unsubscribe to emails at any time, by clicking the link in the emails, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 0300 123 2112.
We may collect and store the following information depending on which digital parenting support service feature you use:
|Live Chat Service||Parenting Newsletter||Visitors to Site|
|Age of children||Yes||Yes|
|Date of birth of children||Yes||Yes|
|Special Category Data*||Yes|
|Website usage data||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Conversation transcripts and recordings||Yes|
|Other information relevant to the service||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Device and browser Information||Yes||Yes|
*When using the live chat service, we also may collect Special Category Data (SCD) which includes health data in order to target the support you require including health services. The lawful basis for collecting this information is consent and the special condition as required by data privacy legislation is your explicit consent.
Collecting this information allows us to provide the service for you and understand how users may interact with the service so that we can improve it in future.
Specifically, we may use data:
We are legally obliged to make sure that we only use your information for the purpose for which it was requested, and to make sure it is kept securely.
The Parent Talk chat service is hosted by Salesforce and Twilio and we send evaluation forms hosted on Typeform to users of the chat service. Twilio use servers that are in the United States. We have contracts and controls in place to make sure that your data is held to the same standard as it is in the UK, and to make sure that your rights under data protection legislation can be met.
We may share your personal data with partner organisations or other support agencies for the purpose of contacting families to provide appropriate and timely services, evaluate service provision and for statistical analysis. This may include selected government organisations (such as the Department of Education), health services, and children’s agencies. You will be informed of any organisations that we intend to refer you to.
For users of our live chat service: You don’t have to share your details with us – there are lots of reasons why you might want to remain anonymous, which we will respect.
All chats and calls are confidential, and we will always seek your agreement before we share any of your details with other organisations. The only time we will share information without your consent is if we think there is a life-threatening situation, or if you or someone else might be at risk of significant harm. On these occasions we may need to contact the Police, Ambulance Service or Children’s Social Care.
We may share anonymised case studies and transcripts from our live chat service in reports to our commissioners. We may also share anonymised quotes and case studies from our live chat service for marketing and promotional purposes. If you provide feedback at the end of a chat, we may contact you by email to see if you are happy for us to use your feedback along with your name.
We keep your information up to a maximum of seven years on Salesforce. Data on Twilio will be stored up to a maximum of three years. Data captured on Twilio and Typeform is stored on Salesforce. Data captured on Typeform is immediately transferred and deleted from Typeform.
Some data may be retained for longer where serious safeguarding concerns have been identified.
Action for Children has robust Information Security and Data Protection policies in place to protect all the data it holds, including your personal data.
You can ask to see any information Action for Children holds about you, to have the information corrected or erased. We are responsible for protecting your personal information, and we take this responsibility very seriously.
If you have any queries or concerns about how we use your personal information, please contact the Data Protection Officer by email at email@example.com, or write to us at: Data Protection Officer, Action for Children, 3 The Boulevard, Ascot Road, Watford, WD18 8AG.
You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time.
For more information about your information rights please visit www.ico.org.uk or if you are unhappy with how we have handled your personal information, you have the right to contact the Information Commissioner’s Office to lodge a complaint. If you are based in Guernsey for more information about your information rights please visit www.odpa.gg or if you are unhappy with how we have handled your personal information, you have the right to contact the Office Data Protection Authority to lodge a complaint
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Our website may contain links to other websites. You may also be sent links during your conversations with us to other websites.
Please note that we have no control of websites outside the Action for Children domain. If you provide information to a website to which we link, we are not responsible for its protection and privacy.
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You don’t have to share your details with us – there are lots of reasons why you might want to remain anonymous, which we will respect. All calls are confidential, and we will always seek your agreement before we share any of your details with other organisations. The only time we will share information without your consent is if we think there is a life-threatening situation, or if you or someone else might be at risk of significant harm. On these occasions we may need to contact the Police, Ambulance Service or Children’s Social Care.
We keep your chat data for up to seven years, and share anonymised data with the commissioners of this service. By using Parent Talk, you understand and give your explict consent to this.
Your email address will not be used for any reason beyond giving you parenting information, support and advice.