Substance misuse treatment service privacy notice

This service is managed by the council’s Public Health Team and is delivered on our behalf by WDP (Westminster Drug Project). It is a full treatment service for both adults and young people.

We offer this service because the Health & Social Care Act 2012 section 12 places a duty on local authorities to take such steps as it considers appropriate for improving the health of the people in its area by

(a) providing information and advice

(b) providing services or facilities designed to promote healthy living (whether by helping individuals to address behaviour that is detrimental to health or in any other way)

Our work meets this requirement by providing Substance Misuse Treatment Services for the residents of Barnet.

The Act also allows us to use personal information for research purposes and this covers the collection and analysis of Substance Misuse Service data by the council. Sometimes specific research projects are run to look at a particular issue. Where this type of research is taking place, we will usually discuss your involvement with you in advance and get your agreement.

The Children Act 1989 section 17 places a duty on Local Authorities to safeguard and promote the welfare of children within their area who are in need by providing a range and level of services appropriate to those children’s needs.

The service will work with other people like mental health teams, GPs and social workers as part of your treatment.

The service also shares information with the NDTMS (National Drug and alcohol Treatment Monitoring System) where you have given us permission to do so. More information can be found on the government website

Information will be shared with the police and other relevant bodies if you or someone else is at risk of harm, or if it relates to terrorist offences.

Personal information collected

  • name
  • address & contact details
  • date of birth
  • equalities information
  • criminal/prosecution information 
  • health/medical information  
  • social services records
  • other agencies involved
  • family/relationship information
  • support network

Who we share the information with

  • Health Agencies like GPs
  • Judicial Agencies eg Courts 
  • Council services like social care and mental health support
  • Government departments/agencies like Public Health England (an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care)
  • Probation/Prison Services
  • Police (where you or someone else is at risk of harm, or if it relates to terrorist offences)
  • Other local authorities
  • People or organisations carrying out research

Rough Sleeping Drug and Alcohol Treatment Grant Project

This project supports people who are (or have been) sleeping rough to access and engage with drug and alcohol treatment. Barnet organisations that provide homelessness support and substance misuse treatment are working together on the project. The organisations share personal data about people who experienced rough sleeping, so they can work together to support people and make sure the project is meeting its aims.

The project is funded by a grant from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, and is monitored by Public Health England. Anonymised reports that do not identify individuals are sent to PHE as part of monitoring the success of the project.

Organisations sharing data

  • London Borough of Barnet Public Health Team
  • Barnet Homes
  • Change Grow Live
  • Homeless Action in Barnet

Personal information shared

  • Name
  • Address and contact details
  • Date of birth
  • Equalities information
  • Referral/assessment information
  • Health/medical information
  • Housing information
  • Family/relationship information
  • Criminal/prosecution information
  • Other agencies involved

Legislation that applies

  • Health & Social Care Act 2012
  • Children Act 1989

How long we keep your information

Substance Misuse Service data is retained for 40 years, or 10 years after a client has died.