How To Claim For A Children’s Services Data Breach

Are you looking for information concerning what you should do if a children’s services data breach involved your or your child’s personal information? This guide will look at instances in which a children’s services provider could have suffered a personal data breach. The provider could have been a charity organisation, a local authority or a private service provider.

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Children’s services data breach claims guide

Additionally, we will look at the criteria you must meet to make a valid claim for data breach compensation. Furthermore, we will discuss the potential information these organisations could hold about you and your child and how a personal data breach could impact you.

Our advisors are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, if you wish to discuss your claim. They can also offer you free legal advice and answer any questions you may have about starting a personal data breach claim.

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  1. What Are Children’s Services Data Breach Claims?
  2. Organisations That Supply Children’s Services
  3. What Data Could These Organisations Hold?
  4. How Could A Children’s Services Data Breach Impact You?
  5. Calculating Children’s Services Data Breach Payouts
  6. Start A No Win No Fee Claim

What Are Children’s Services Data Breach Claims?

The term “personal data breach” refers to the loss, alteration, or destruction of personal data that occurred unlawfully or accidentally. In addition, it can refer to instances in which your personal information is accessed or disclosed without authorisation. Any information that could identify you, either directly or in combination with other information, is considered personal data.

Any organisation that process your personal data must protect it as outlined in the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA). If an organisation fails to adhere to data protection law, you could have your personal information compromised. You may also suffer mental harm and financial loss as a result of this.

You might be able to make a personal data breach claim if an organisation’s failures resulted in a breach that caused you psychological or financial harm.

Contact our advisors today to see whether you could make a claim if your, or your child’s, personal information was compromised in a children’s services data breach.

Organisations That Supply Children’s Services

Various UK organisations provide children’s services, whether public or private or even a charity. Below are some examples of organisations that could supply children’s services.

All these various organisations could hold personal data about you and your child. In the next section, we will look at some examples of the personal information these organisations could hold.

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What Data Could These Organisations Hold?

As stated in the previous section, various children’s services could hold personal data about you and your child, such as:

Additionally, they may hold some types of special category data. This is a type of personal data that needs extra protection as it is considered to be sensitive in nature. Special category data that a children’s service could hold about you or your child could include:

  • Data revealing your and your child’s racial or ethnic origin
  • Data concerning your child’s health – such as any medical conditions
  • Or any data revealing your and your child’s religious or philosophical beliefs

If you have evidence that your personal information was involved in a children’s services data breach and would like to know what steps you could take next, contact our advisors.

How Could A Children’s Services Data Breach Impact You?

If you or your child’s personal information were to be compromised in a children’s services data breach, you could suffer harm to your mental health. For example, you may become stressed and anxious about unknown people arriving at your home if your home address were to be involved in a school data breach.

Additionally, you may also experience financial losses. For example, you may need to take time off work as a result of the psychological impacts of the breach. This, in turn, could lead to a loss of earnings. 

Additionally, if your banking or credit card information were to be breached, money could be stolen from your account.  Loans could also be taken out in your name, which could impact your credit score and lead to further financial difficulties.

Contact our advisors today to see whether you could claim if you have suffered due to a children’s services data breach.

Calculating Children’s Services Data Breach Payouts

Following a children’s services data breach that involved your personal data, you could make a claim for material and non-material damage.

Material damage aims to compensate you for the financial losses you have accrued due to the personal data breach. You can help strengthen a claim for material damage by providing bank statements or receipts that prove these losses.

Non-material damage aims to compensate you for the psychological suffering you have endured due to the personal data breach. Providing evidence of this suffering could help you in your claim, such as your medical records stating that you were diagnosed with a psychological injury.

We have created the following table to help you understand how much you could potentially claim for the mental harm you have suffered. We have used the compensation figures listed in the 16th edition of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) when creating this table. This is because many solicitors will use this document to help them when valuing different claims.

However, you should only use the figures in this table as a guide. This is because how much you could receive will depend on your particular claim.

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Type of Harm Notes Amount
Psychological Damage Severe (a): There is a very poor prognosis for the affected person, and they will be unable to cope with work and personal relationships. £54,830 to £115,730
Psychological Damage Moderately Severe (b): Their work life and close relationships will be affected by significant problems. The prognosis will, however, be more optimistic. £19,070 to £54,830
Psychological Damage Moderate (c): Despite struggling with a variety of problems, significant improvements have been made, and the prognosis is more positive. £5,860 to £19,070
Psychological Damage Less Severe (d): How much various daily activities were affected will be taken into account when determining the compensation awarded. £1,540 to £5,860
Reactive Psychiatric Disorder Severe (a): Permanent effects will prevent the individual from functioning or working as they did before the trauma. £59,860 to £100,670
Reactive Psychiatric Disorder Moderately Severe (b): The person will still suffer from a significant disability. After a more optimistic prognosis, some recovery may be possible with the help of a professional. £23,150 to £59,860
Reactive Psychiatric Disorder Moderate (c): A large recovery has been achieved with any remaining symptoms not causing significant disability. £8,180 to £23,150
Reactive Psychiatric Disorder Less Severe (d): Within one to two years, only minor symptoms persist, following an almost complete recovery. £3,950 to £8,180

Contact our advisors today to see whether you are eligible to make a personal data breach claim.

Start A No Win No Fee Claim

One of our expert solicitors could help you with your claim with a No Win No Fee agreement if you would like legal representation. Our solicitors offer you their services with the help of a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).

When claiming with a CFA, you’re generally not required to pay your solicitor for their services if the claim is unsuccessful. Should your claim be successful, you will pay a success fee that is legally capped from your compensation to your solicitor. Otherwise, your solicitor will typically not request any upfront or ongoing fees.

If you believe you have a valid personal data breach claim and would like to be put into contact with one of our solicitors, contact our advisors today. Our advisors can offer you free legal advice and are available to help 24/7. Additionally, they can help you if you have any questions concerning a potential children’s services data breach.

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Guide by MR

Edited by CH