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Information governance

Information governance is a legal framework which is made up of a set of requirements, standards and best practices to keep compliance with the law when handling and sharing information.

The framework involves legislation and guidance including:

Information governance is designed to deal with issues such as confidentiality, privacy, data security, consent, disclosure and access to records. It is everybody's business and responsibility to know how Information Governance affects their role and to put this into practice.

Advice and guidance
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If you cannot find the answer to your question from the information provided on each of the Information Governance pages, schools should in the first instance contact their Data Protection Officer (DPO). If your school has purchased the DPOaaS from SPS or Cantium Business Solutions please email sps-dpo-services@isystemsintegration.com or call 0208 0501387 or 07487 264222.

The Information Commissioner's office is the UK's independent body who upholds information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. It monitors the GDPR, Data Protection Act 2018, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and makes sure that organisations fulfil their legal responsibilities under the Acts.

For information specifically aimed at schools, please take a look at the Information Commissioner's website, which is full of very useful guidance.

KCC contact email address:

Freedom of Information enquiries, email freedomofinformation@kent.gov.uk

Data Protection enquiries, email dataprotection@kent.gov.uk

Information Governance enquiries, email informationgovernance@kent.gov.uk