Privacy Policy

DDS General Data Protection Regulations


GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation and replaces the previous Data Protection

Directives that were in place. It was approved by the EU Parliament in 2016 and comes into effect on 25th May 2018.


GDPR states that personal data should be ‘processed fairly & lawfully’ and ‘collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes’ and that individuals’ data is not processed without their knowledge and are only processed with their ‘explicit’ consent. GDPR covers personal data relating to individuals. Dance Doctors Studios is committed to protecting the rights and freedoms of individuals with respect to the processing of children’s, parents, visitors, and staff personal data.


GDPR includes 7 rights for individuals

1) The right to be informed

Dance Doctors Studios is a registered Performing Arts provider with RAD & IDTA and as so, is required to collect and manage certain data. We need to know parent’s names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses. We need to know children’s’ full names, addresses, date of birth and Education school, along with any SEN requirements.


When necessary, we are required to collect certain details of visitors to our Dance School. We need to know visits names, telephone numbers, and where appropriate company name. This is in respect of our Health and Safety and Safeguarding Policies.


As an employer Dance Doctors Studios is required to hold data on its Teachers; names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, date of birth, National Insurance numbers, photographic ID such as passport and driver’s license, bank details. This information is also required for Disclosure and Barring Service checks (DBS) and proof of eligibility to work in the UK. DBS Numbers and date of issue are also held on a central staffing record.


Dance Doctors Studios uses Cookies on its website to collect data for Google Analytics, this data is anonymous.


2) The right of access

At any point an individual can make a request relating to their data and Dance Doctors Studios will need to provide a response (within 1 month). Dance Doctors Studios can refuse a request, if we have a lawful obligation to retain data but we will inform the individual of the reasons for the rejection. The individual will have the right to complain to the ICO if they are not happy with the decision.


3) The right to erasure

You have the right to request the deletion of your data where there is no compelling reason for its continued use. However, Dance Doctors Studios has a legal duty to keep children’s and parents’ details for a reasonable time*, Dance Doctors Studios retain these records for 3 years after leaving the school, children’s accident, and injury records for 19 years (or until the child reaches 21 years), and 22 years (or until the child reaches 24 years) for Child Protection records. Staff records must be kept for 6 years after the member of leaves employment, before they can be erased. This data is archived securely onsite and shredded after the legal retention period.


4) The right to restrict processing

Parents, visitors, and staff can object to Dance Doctors Studios processing their data. This means that records can be stored but must not be used in any way, for example reports or for communications.


5) The right to data portability

Dance Doctors Studios requires data to be transferred from one IT system to another; such as from Dance Doctors Studios to the Local Authority, for performance exemption licences, and Dance Associations for examinations. These recipients use secure file transfer systems and have their own policies and procedures in place in relation to GDPR.

6) The right to object

Parents, visitors, and staff can object to their data being used for certain activities like marketing or research.


7) The right not to be subject to automated decision-making including profiling.

Automated decisions and profiling are used for marketing-based organisations. Dance Doctors Studios does not use personal data for such purposes.


Storage and use of personal information

All paper copies of children’s and staff records are kept in a locked filing cabinet in the Dance Doctors Studios office. Members of staff can have access to these files, but information taken from the files about individual children is confidential and apart from archiving, these records remain on site at all times. These records are shredded after the retention period.


Information about individual children is used in certain documents, such as, a weekly register, medication forms, referrals to external agencies; such as councils for exemption licenses and disclosure forms. These documents include data such as children’s names, date of birth and sometimes address. These records are shredded after the relevant retention period.

Dance Doctors Studios collects a large amount of personal data every year including; names and addresses of those on the waiting list. These records are shredded if the child does not attend or added to the child’s file and stored appropriately.


Information regarding families’ involvement with other agencies is stored both electronically on a Password protected memory stick and in paper format, this information is kept in a locked filing cabinet in the office of Dance Doctors Studios. These records are shredded after the relevant retention period.


Dance Doctors Studios stores personal data held visually in photographs or video clip. No names are stored with images in photo albums, displays, on the website or on the Dance Doctors Studios social media sites.


Access to all Office computers is password protected. When a member of staff leaves the company, these passwords are changed in line with this policy and our Safeguarding policy.

Any portable data storage used to store personal data, e.g. USB memory stick, are password protected and/or stored in a locked filing cabinet.

GDPR means that Dance Doctors Studios must;
* Manage and process personal data properly
* Protect the individual’s rights to privacy
* Provide an individual with access to all personal information held on them


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