What is this Privacy notice?

This Data Privacy Notice/Policy describes the categories of personal data 1st Hensingham Scout Group process and for what purposes. 1st Hensingham Scout Group are committed to collecting and using such data fairly and in accordance with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), the regulations set by the European Union, and Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018), the UK law that encompasses the GDPR.

This Privacy Notice/Policy applies to members, parents/guardians of youth members, volunteers, employees, contractors, suppliers, supporters, donors and members of the public who will make contact with 1st Hensingham Scout Group.

Who we are

1st Hensingham Scout Group are a registered charity with the Charity Commission for England & Wales; Charity Registration No. 520612.

The Data Controller for 1st Hensingham Scout Group is the Executive Committee who are appointed at an Annual General Meeting and are Charity Trustees.  The Chair of the Charity Trustees is Ann Walkingshaw. Contact ku.gro.stuocsmahgnisneh@ofni.

From this point on 1st Hensingham Scout Group will be referred to as “we”.

Being a small charity, we are not required to appoint a Data Protection Officer.

The data we may process

The majority of the personal information we hold, is provided to us directly by you or by the parents or legal guardians of youth members verbally or in paper form, digital form or via our online membership system Online Scout Manager, or for adults, The Scouts national online membership system, Compass.  In the case of adult members and volunteers, data may also be provided by third parties, such as the England & Wales Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Where a member is under the age of 18, this information will only be obtained from a parent or guardian and cannot be provided by the young person.

We may collect the following personal information:

  • Personal contact details such as name, title, address, telephone numbers and personal email address - so that we can contact you.
  • Date of birth - so that we can ensure young people are allocated to the appropriate Section for their age and that adults are old enough to take on an appointment with Scouting.
  • Gender – so that we can address individuals correctly and accommodate for any specific needs.
  • Emergency contact information - so that we are able to contact someone in the event of an emergency.
  • Government identification numbers e.g. national insurance, driving licence, passport - to be able to process volunteer criminal record checks.
  • Bank account details and tax status information - so that we are able to collect gift aid from HMRC where donations are made.
  • training records - so that members can track their progression through the Scout programme or adult training scheme.
  • Race or ethnic origin - so that we can make suitable arrangements based on members cultural needs.
  • Health records - so that we can make suitable arrangements based on members medical needs.
  • Criminal records checks - to ensure Scouting is a safe space for young people and adults.
  • Visitor access information (including IP address) to our website ( - to provide proper maintenance of the site, to maintain its performance and security

The lawful basis we process your data by

We comply with our obligations under the GDPR and DPA 2018 by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

In most cases the lawful basis for processing will be through the performance of a contract for personal data of our adult volunteers and legitimate interest for personal data of our youth members. Sensitive (special category) data for both adult volunteers and our youth members will mostly align to the lawful basis of legitimate activities of an association.  Explicit consent is requested from parents/guardians to take photographs of our members. On occasion we may use legitimate interest to process photographs where it is not practical to gather and maintain consent such as large-scale events. On such occasions we will make it clear that this activity will take place and give individuals the opportunity to exercise their data subject rights.

We use personal data for the following purposes:

  • to provide information about Scout meetings, activities, training  courses and events to our members and other volunteers in 1st Hensingham Scout Group;
  • to provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the public in Whitehaven and the surrounding areas;
  • to administer membership records;
  • to fundraise and promote the interests of Scouting;
  • to manage our volunteers;
  • to maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid applications);
  • to inform you of news, events, activities and services being run or attended by1st Hensingham Scout Group;
  • to ensure and evidence your suitability if volunteering for a role in Scouting;
  • to contact your next of kin in the event of an emergency;
  • to ensure you have and maintain the correct qualifications and skills.

We use personal sensitive (special) data for the following purposes:

  • for the protection of a person’s health and safety whilst in the care of 1st Hensingham Scout Group;
  • to respect a person’s religious beliefs with regards to activities, food and holidays for equal opportunity monitoring and reporting.

Our retention periods

We will keep certain types of information for different periods of time. In general we will keep:

  • personal data relating to joining enquiries for up to 1 year after enquiry or until young person joins, whichever is shorter;
  • personal and sensitive data relating to youth members and sectional volunteers (including badge records, and attendance registers) for up to 2 years after the member has left the Group;
  • personal and sensitive data collected via the Adult Information Form as part of the adult joining process for up to 3 months or until the data is transferred to The Scouts national adult membership database (Compass);
  • personal data collected as part of the identity checking process for adult volunteers until the vetting process is complete;
  • camp, event and activity permission forms for up to 3 months after the event (in case any queries or reports of incidents);
  • accident reports for either, 8 years after the date of the incident, or, until the injured party turns 25 years, whichever is the later date.
  • Information about donations and payments (e.g. for subs, camps, events, uniform, etc.) for 7 years after the payment;
  • Gift aid information for 7 years after your involvement with the Group (for financial audit purposes);
  • consent for the use of photos or videos will be kept indefinitely.  

The Scout Association’s Data Protection Policy can be found here.

Sharing your information

Young people and other data subjects

We will normally only share personal information with adult volunteers holding an appointment in the 1st Hensingham Scout Group.

If a young person is moving to a new section outside of 1st Hensingham Scout Group, we will ask for your written consent to share the membership records held on OSM with their new section.  We will only share the records with written consent from the member’s parent/guardian.

We will share the personal data of youth members and their parents/guardians with The Scout Association Headquarters for the purpose of managing safeguarding cases. The privacy and security notice for The Scout Association can be found here. The sharing of this data will be via the Online Scout Manager platform which is used by 1st Hensingham Scout Group to manage youth membership. The privacy and security notice for OSM can be found here.

Adult volunteers

We will normally only share personal information with adult volunteers holding appropriate appointments within the line management structure of The Scout Association for the 1st Hensingham Scout Group, as well as with The Scout Association Headquarters as data controllers in common.

All data subjects

We will however share your personal information with others outside of 1st Hensingham Scout Group where we need meet a legal obligation. This may include The Scout Association and its insurance subsidiary (Unity Insurance Services), local authority services and law enforcement.  We will only share your personal information to the extent needed for those purposes.

We will only share your data with third parties outside of the organisation where there is a legitimate reason to do so, for example we may provide information about medical conditions, disabilities or additional needs to an external organisation who is providing an activity as part of our programme if they need that information to deliver the activity safely.

We will never sell your personal information to any third party.

Sometimes we may nominate a member for national awards, (such as Scouting) such nominations would require us to provide contact details to that organisation.

Where personal data is shared with third parties we will seek assurances that your personal data will be kept confidential and that the third party fully complies with the GDPR and DPA 2018.

How we store your personal data

We generally store personal information in the following ways:

Compass - is the online membership system of The Scout Association, this system is used for the collection and storage of adult volunteer personal data.

Online Scout Manager (OSM) - is the online membership system provided by Online Youth Manager, this system is used for the collection and storage of youth member personal data.

GoCardless – is the digital payment provider used to process payments made through OSM. – is our website.  Information you enter into forms on the website, or send to us by email will be held on the UK based servers used to host the website.

In addition adult volunteers will hold some personal data on local spreadsheets/ databases.

Printed records and data held while attending events - paper is sometimes used to capture and retain some data for example:

  • Gift Aid administration,
  • Event registration,
  • Health and contact records forms (for events),
  • Permission to use photo or videos,
  • Events coordination with event organisers.

Paper records for events are used rather than relying on secure digital systems, as often the events are held where internet and digital access will not be available.  We will minimise the use of paper to only what is required for the event.

Further processing

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions.  Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

How we provide this privacy notice

A link to this website page ( is provided to those whose data is being processed by us.

A printed version is also available on request.

Your rights

As a Data Subject, you have the right to object to how we process your personal information.  You also have the right to access, correct, sometimes delete and restrict the personal information we use.  In addition, you have a right to complain to us and to the Information Commissioner’s Office (

Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR and DPA 2018, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data:

  • The right to be informed – you have a right to know how your data will be used by us.
  • The right to access your personal data – you can ask us to share with you the data we have about you. This is a Data Subject Access Request.
  • The right to rectification – this just means you can update your data if it’s inaccurate or if something is missing.  Adult members will be able to edit and update some information directly on The Scout Association’s Compass membership system.
  • The right to erasure – this means that you have the right to request that we delete any personal data we have about you. There are some exceptions, for example, some information will be held by The Scout Association for legal reasons.
  • The right to restrict processing – if you think that we are not processing your data in line with this privacy notice then you have the right to restrict any further use of that data until the issue is resolved.
  • The right to data portability – this means that if you ask us we will have to share your data with you in a way that can be read digitally – such as a pdf. This makes it easier to share information with others.
  • The right to object – you can object to the ways your data is being used.

Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling – this protects you in cases where decision are being made about you based entirely on automated processes rather than a human input, it’s highly unlikely that this will be used by us.

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Who to contact

If you have any queries relating to this Privacy Notice or our use of your personal data, please contact us by email ku.gro.stuocsmahgnisneh@ofni

This policy was last updated on 15 May 2021.

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