Data Privacy Notice

What is this privacy notice?

This Data Privacy Notice describes the categories of personal data 1st Ince and Elton Scout Group process and for what purposes. 1st Ince and Elton 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 applies to members, parents/guardians of youth members, volunteers, contractors, suppliers, supporters, donors, and members of the public who will make contact with 1st Ince and Elton Scout Group.

Who we are

1st Ince and Elton Scout Group are a registered charity with the Charity Commission for England & Wales; charity number 1025963.

The Data Controller for 1st Ince and Elton Scout Group is the Executive Committee who are appointed at an Annual General Meeting and are Charity Trustees.

From this point on 1st Ince and Elton 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 Compass. In the case of adult members and volunteers, data may also be provided by third parties, such as the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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.
  • tax status information – so that we can 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.

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.

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 Ince and Elton Scout Group
  • to provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the public in a particular geographical area as specified in our constitution
  • 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 by 1st Ince and Elton 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 Ince and Elton Scout Group
  • to respect a person’s religious beliefs with regards to activities, food and holidays
  • for equal opportunity monitoring and reporting.


The law on image use and GDPR needs further clarification, the position of the 1st Ince and Elton Scout Group is:

Photographs/images (which can be classed as personal information) of you or your child(ren) may be taken during activities and be used within a Scouting context and publicity material, for example, Scouting publications and the media. Images may be published to official Scout websites and scouting affiliated social media and our public display boards in our Scout HQ (but will never identify individuals in line with Scout Association guidelines). We ask for consent to take such photographs and are diligent in avoiding taking photographs of any individual where the consent of a parent/guardian has not been given.

Under GDPR, storing data by consent is only permitted if people can easily and effectively withdraw consent. If we publish a photograph or image in any public forum (such as a website or social media) we no longer have control over that photograph in so far as it can be downloaded and reproduced elsewhere (without our knowledge), so a withdrawal of consent once a picture has been published cannot be effective.

In the event that consent for photographs to be taken is withdrawn, the Group will undertake to publish further no photographs of the youth members concerned and will delete any images already taken from any sites and social media over which it has control. It may not be possible to remove all images and photographs from the historical record online or elsewhere.

Please note that as many Scouting events happen in the open air and in publicly accessible spaces, it is not possible to guarantee that photographs are not taken by people unconnected with the group.

1st Ince and Elton Scout Group may store an image of youth members and/or their parents/guardians on the Online Scout Manager (OSM) membership database as part of the personal information stored there.


We use captured CCTV footage and images at our Scout HQ so that we can perform our duty protecting both our visitor’s and our property. We may use the footage to support third-party organisations such as The Police, Solicitors and Insurance companies who may request data in support of Criminal or Civil action. All footage is either stored on a password protected recorder in a locked cabinet or on our secure cloud storage on Microsoft 365.

Our retention periods

We will keep certain types of information for different periods of time in line with our retention policy, which can be found in our “Data Protection and IT Security Policy” which can be found on our website here.

The Scout Association’s Data Protection Policy can be found here and the Data Privacy Notice here.

Sharing your information

Young people and other data subjects

We will normally only share personal information with adult volunteers holding an appointment within 1st Ince and Elton Scout Group.

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 Ince and Elton 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 1st Ince and Elton 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 Ince and Elton 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.

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

Sometimes we may nominate a member for national awards, (such as Scouting awards or Duke of Edinburgh awards) 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 GDPR and the 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 – is the online membership system of Online Youth Manager, this system is used for the collection and storage of youth member personal data.

Microsoft 365 – occasionally used for collection and secure transfer of limited personal information via the Microsoft 365 platform (e.g. Microsoft Forms, secure email).

Microsoft Azure – we maintain a virtual private server from which we process, and store data related to our main website and fundraising website.

WordPress/WooCommerce – is the underlying software that runs our main website and fundraising website. Our fundraising is used as an outlet for our fundraising efforts, including accepting online donations.

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)
  • 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 is 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:

Post:   1st Ince and Elton Scout Group, 28 Lime Grove, Elton, Chester, CH2 4PX

Email: [email protected]

You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email or at the Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.

1st Ince and Elton Scout Group is registered with the ICO (Registration number: ZB291118).

This is Revision 5 of our Data Privacy Notice, which was last updated on Wednesday 19th January 2022.