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Privacy notice

How your data will be used

In line with the UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), there are certain things that you need to know about how the information we collect for this research will be looked after. A privacy notice explains how data we collect will be used. In this privacy notice, we explain:

  • The legal basis for data processing.
  • Who will have access to personal data.
  • How data will be used, stored, and deleted.
  • Who you can contact with a query or a complaint.

Who’s who?

This research is being carried out by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen). It is funded by the Youth Endowment Fund (YEF). You can find out more about NatCen at and about the YEF at

What is the legal basis for processing data?

NatCen is the data controller and processor. This means that we are responsible for deciding the purpose and legal basis for managing the data. The legal basis is legitimate interest. This means that we believe there is a good reason for us to collect and manage this data, and that this data is needed to evaluate and learn about the SW!TCH Lives programme. Using this data won’t interfere with individuals’ interests, rights or freedoms.

Who will have access to personal data?

NatCen’s research team will have access to the names and work contact details of relevant school staff, pupils’ names, as well as SW!TCH staff and stakeholders. NatCen will have audio recordings and transcripts of interviews and focus groups and interview transcripts.

McGowan Transcriptions ( is the service we use to transcribe interview data. They will have access to recordings and transcriptions from interviews, which are shared through a secure online transfer system. McGowan Transcriptions meet all of our information security policies.

How will the data be used, stored and deleted?

Data will only be used for research purposes. NatCen will store and manage all data securely and confidentially. Only the research team will have access to the data. The report produced as the result of this research will not identify any individuals taking part in the project. All personal information, and any other data held on the project, will be securely deleted after project completion.

Can I change my mind?

If you take part in an interview, you can withdraw your contribution at any point after your interview up until the data has been used by NatCen and your contribution is no longer identifiable.

Who can I contact with a query or a complaint?

You have the right to raise any concerns with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) via their website at

Any questions

NatCen’s team are happy to answer any questions you have about this research or how the data will be used. Email or call 0808 169 1224.