Substance misuse treatment service privacy notice

This service is managed by the council’s Public Health Team, and is delivered on our behalf by Change Grow Live. It provides support and treatment for adults and young people who are having problems with alcohol or drugs.

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).

The council chooses to provide substance misuse treatment services as part of this duty.

The Health & Social Care 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. Substance misuse treatment services deliver support directly to young people who are having problems with alcohol or drugs, and also helps to improve the well-being of children by delivering substance misuse treatment to adults in their life.

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 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
  • DOB
  • Equalities Information
  • Criminal/Prosecution Information 
  • Health/Medical Information  
  • Social Services Records 
  • Equalities information
  • Other Agencies Involved 
  • Education Information 
  • Housing Information  
  • Employment
  • Information from the Local Authority from where you live and previously lived
  • Family/Relationship Information
  • NHS Number
  • Support Network
  • Referral/Assessment Information

Who we share the information with

  • Health Agencies like GPs
  • Council services like social care, safeguarding and mental health support
  • Other local authorities
  • Government departments/agencies like Public Health England (an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care)
  • Judicial Agencies eg Courts 
  • Legal representatives 
  • Probation/Prison Services
  • Voluntary Agencies /Third Sector
  • Specialist Organisations, such as in-patient drug/alcohol detoxification and rehabilitation providers
  • Home Office
  • DWP (if you need support with employment)
  • Police (where you or someone else is at risk of harm, or if it relates to terrorist offences)
  • People or organisations carrying out research

Legislation that applies

  • Health & Social Care Act 2012
  • Children Act 1989

How long we keep your information

Substance Misuse Service data is covered by LB Barnet’s Corporate Big Bucket Retention Schedule (currently 40 years/10 years after a client has deceased for adult records, or 25 years from date of birth for a young person’s record, unless there is re-engagement with the service after the age of 18).

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