Privacy policy

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In order to provide and manage the use of The Fostering Network website, we collect certain information about you. The Fostering Network takes the matter of your privacy very seriously and abides by the obligations laid out by the Data Protection Act 1998. You have a right to expect a website to disclose its privacy policies - how your personal information is collected, used and shared. You also have a responsibility to choose which sites you feel comfortable disclosing such information to.

In order to comply with our obligations, The Fostering Network must obtain your consent to the use of your personal information. Please ensure therefore that you read the following statement carefully. Any submission of information including but not limited to placing orders and creating a user account will be taken as consent to certain uses of your information.

What personal information do we collect from you?

We collect your IP address, details of the pages you have visited and any information volunteered by you on our site such as your contact email address and that contained in forms and surveys. We also collect information about the pages that are visited on The Fostering Network website.

If you create an account to use our online member-only resources and online community, we collect and store information relating to this purpose which is stored on our secure web server.

If you register for an event or training, or purchase or renew membership online through, we will collect and store certain information about you in order to process your order and we will retain details of transactions you carry out through and of the fulfillment of your orders. We do not retain credit or debit card details on our servers.

Why do we use cookies?

The Fostering Network website uses several cookies in order to allow you to re-access your registered user profile and personalised page during a web session. In this way, once you initially log in during a web session, you will not be asked for your login ID and password again unless you log out. This mechanism is employed solely for your convenience and for no other purpose. Cookies are also used during online purchasing to show you the items that you have selected and to process your payments. These cookies are used for your convenience only.

There are additional cookies which collect information about the use of our website. The information collected by these cookies is anonymised and is used to improve The Fostering Network's website.

How do we use the information that is collected?

We use any information about your browsing habits purely to improve the accessibility and relevance of The Fostering Network website. Any information submitted by you through forms will only be kept for the duration of the original purpose. The Fostering Network endeavours to do everything possible to maintain the security of your information on our secure web server. However we cannot guarantee that your data will remain secure from unauthorised access. The Fostering Network will never knowingly share your information with a third party without your permission.

We may from time to time use your contact email address to contact you with information about The Fostering Network membership accounts or with information that we feel contributes to the improvement of care for fostered children and young people in the UK. If you do not wish to receive these, you can contact us by email at any time stating that you do not wish to receive such mailings.

How can you amend data that we hold about you?

You can amend any personal data held about you at any time by contacting us by post, telephone or email. Our contact details are available on the website.

Is there any information that would not be considered confidential?

The only material that we would not consider confidential is that which you place on any message boards or discussion groups. Where these groups are confidential this will be clearly stated. The Fostering Network does not accept any liability for material posted by you in this way. Please see our full Terms and Conditions for further information.


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