Making a request on behalf of someone else
You can only ask for your own data, unless you have legal permission from the person - for example, if you're a solicitor or personal representative.
We'll need to make sure you have permission from the person whose data you're asking for before we will give you any information. You will need to show us evidence.
Requesting a child's information
Children have the right to ask for their own information.
If the child is too young to understand (which usually means they're under 12) and you have parental responsibility, you can apply for your child’s data. You'll need to show evidence that you have parental responsibility - your child’s birth certificate, for example.
You must be asking for the information because it will help or support your child. Sometimes we may decide not to give information to a parent, or we may ask a child to make the request themselves.
We hold information about children for social care, but we do have some educational information, usually about special educational needs. Most educational records are kept by schools. Requests should normally be made to the school, not to the council.
If you have any questions or need help to access your data: