Paragraph 221 of "Keeping Children Safe in Education (2022) states that:
“schools and colleges should consider carrying out an online search as part of their due diligence on the shortlisted candidates. This may help identify any incidents or issues that have happened, and are publicly available online, which the school or college might want to explore with the applicant at interview.”
Our sponsor, SchoolPro TLC works with schools to provide specialist expertise and explains what this means for schools.
Consider the Purpose of this Processing
In this case, it is part of your recruitment process so any data that you collect or process as part of this, should only be used for that purpose.
Make sure you know what lawful basis you are using for this processing.
As this is being proposed within statutory legislation (i.e. KCSIE 2022), the lawful bases that apply are likely to be Article 6(c) legal obligation or Article 6(e) public task. In this case, Article 6(e) would seem to be the most appropriate if you are a state school. If you are a private school, Article 6(c) would be relevant here.
Consider what actual data you are going to be processing.
Are you going to be keeping any results from these online searches? If so, what? And for how long? And how are you going to keep the data secure?
This essentially covers a number of the principles of the UK GDPR such as data minimisation, storage limitation, and integrity and confidentiality.
In terms of retention, use your retention schedule (refer to the IRMS Toolkit or similar) to identify how long you might consider keeping any relevant data from the searches. Make sure this is proportionate to the purpose.
For most checks, you might record in your SCR that the check was conducted.
For others, you may want to keep the evidence in case of a challenge before securely destroying it.
Your job applicant privacy notice should make it clear that this data is going to be processed and explain some of the points above. You should also consider a statement on your application form.
Job Applicant Privacy Notice Template
An updated job applicant privacy notice template is available on the SchoolPro portal (in Global Documents).
For more information or if you have any questions, you can contact SchoolPro TLC.