Child Contact Centres: Data Protection

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 5th September 2018.

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Photo of Darren Jones Darren Jones Labour, Bristol North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will ensure that any unresolved disputes around General Data Protection Regulation implementation will not prevent National Association of Child Contact Centres accredited support contact centres from receiving grants from the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service in 2019.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

While the Government has no overall responsibility for funding child contact centre provision, the Child and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) provides small value grants of up to £3,000 in total per annum to assist individual NACCC-accredited child contact centres run by the voluntary sector (i.e. supported centres), where such organisations seek financial assistance.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) certification is one of the standards which must be met for NACCC accreditation. Cafcass is able to fund supported child contact centres which achieve GDPR certification. Those working towards certification are eligible to apply for funding and will receive this once certification is achieved and confirmed by NACCC. NACCC reports that the majority of supported child contact centres are already compliant or are working towards this.

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