On Monday 9th September we ran our first GDPR for Parish Clerks and Councillors training session, for representatives from six Parish Councils.

The bespoke session covered a basic understanding of the GDPR and DPA 2018 and specifically how it relates to the activities of Parish Councils. Attendees were also provided with advice on complying with data protection legislation and handling and preventing data breaches.

Craig Allcock, Deputy Data Protection Officer, who delivered the training alongside Service Manager Francesca Whyley, explains that “Parish Councils and Councillors have a responsibility to understand and comply with the GDPR and Data Protection Act. We have worked with the councillors in attendance to provide an understanding of the legislation, how it applies in a parish council environment addressing the key issues Parish Councils face and providing useful tips to help compliance and to be more confident when handling and sharing personal data. The session also covered identifying and handling data breaches and what to expect when reporting to the Information Commissioner”

Feedback from the session was extremely positive with delegates describing it as “Excellent”, “Very informative” and providing “clear information about a very difficult subject.”

Gedling Legal can provide bespoke training courses on a number of legal compliance areas for representatives from the public sector, inclusive of local authorities, parish councils, education establishments, local charities and the NHS. Visit our training courses page to see our selection of ready-made courses or contact us to discuss your individual requirements. 

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