Privacy and cookies


How we use your personal information

The notification service is provided by the Department for Education (DfE).

This privacy notice explains how information may be used.

For the purposes of relevant data protection legislation, DfE is the data controller for personal information it processes, so that it can carry out its functions.

The information you give us through the service will be used by the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel, Ofsted and DfE.

How long we hold personal information for

The information provided in each notification will be retained for administration and research purposes indefinitely

Whom we share information with

Notifications are shared by the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel with Ofsted and DfE.

How to complain

You can make a complaint about a Department for Education (DfE) service.


Use our secure online form

By post

Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Department for Education
Piccadilly Gate Store Street
M1 2WD

You also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office
If you wish to contact the DfE’s data protection officer, please use the secure online form or the postal address provided


The Department for Education (DfE) puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer to collect information about how you browse our sites.

Specific cookies we use for this service are:

  • System enabling cookies for the service which do not monitor user behaviours
  • ESFA cookies aren’t used to identify you personally

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

Google analytics is not currently used for this service and is being considered and reviewed.

Other government services

Most services we link to are run by different government departments, eg HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) or the Home Office. These services may set additional cookies and, if so, will have their own cookies policy.