The UK is taking a step in the right direction with new guidance on consent, and it’s an example of the kind of proactive government action that students and parents can take when it comes to the issue.
The guidance, which is part of the UK Government’s “Safe Schools” initiative, comes into effect on March 18, and sets out how schools can provide a safe environment for their students and staff, and how to give parents a “complete and accurate account of the contents of their child’s consent consent form.”
The document says that if you’re concerned that a student is in the process of being recorded or shared with a third party, you can ask the student’s parent or guardian for permission to access that data.
“The student’s parents should be informed and given all the information they need to make informed consent decisions,” the document states.
“For example, the student should be given a copy of the consent form to sign, and a copy should be sent to the student so that they can be given the opportunity to read it and make their own decision.”
This information will be sent directly to the parent, and parents will be asked for their consent before sharing the content of the form with others.
For schools, the new guidance is aimed at parents and teachers who are concerned about their students’ safety, and will also provide guidance to school leaders, the police, and the media.
“We’ve worked very hard to make sure that we’ve given the right amount of information, to make it as accurate and complete as possible,” one parent, who wishes to remain anonymous, told MTV News.
“So this is really about making sure that the students are getting as much information as possible.”
“The parents are being given all of the information that is needed to make a valid decision.”
The guidelines are based on a study published in May by the Royal College of Nursing, which found that a significant proportion of parents did not understand the rules governing student data sharing.
“Data shared with third parties is not always required to be anonymised and is often subject to additional legal restrictions,” the authors wrote, according to the Independent.
“As a result, there is a risk that children and parents could be made aware of a personal or sensitive personal information being shared.”
Parents can take the survey and submit their information to the data protection commissioner’s office at: https://www.gov.uk/police-and-council-data-protection-complaints-office/police/policeandcouncillors-office-privacy-complaint-form-report/