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Privacy policy for job applicants

What is the purpose of this privacy notice?

Affinity Trust is committed to respecting your privacy and the security of your personal information. This privacy notice explains how we may use personal information we obtain from you when you apply for a role with us (whether successful or not). It makes you aware of how and why your personal data will be used for the purposes of any recruitment exercise and how long it may be retained for.

This privacy notice applies to all external candidates who have applied to us or who apply to us in the future. This includes candidates who apply via our website or job boards. It also applies to candidates who apply to us direct or submit their details to us through a recruitment agency acting on their behalf.

Please note: If you are already working for us, and you apply for a new role with Affinity Trust, the way your personal information is handled is covered by our Privacy Notice for Employees, which can be accessed via the intranet.

Affinity Trust is a “data controller”. This means that we are responsible for deciding how we hold and use personal information you have shared with us. We are required under data protection legislation to notify you of the information contained in this privacy notice. We may update this notice at any time.

We have appointed a data protection officer (DPO) to oversee compliance with this privacy notice. If you have any questions about this privacy notice or how we handle your personal information, please contact: Director of Finance, Affinity Trust, 1 St Andrews Ct, Wellington Street, Thame, OX9 3WT.

You have the right to make a complaint at any time relating to the way we process your personal information to the Information Commissioner’s Office, the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues.

It is important that you read this notice, together with any other privacy notice we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal information about you, so that you are aware of how and why we are using such information.

Data protection principles

Affinity Trust will comply with the data protection principles that say that the personal information we hold about you must be:

1. Used lawfully, fairly and in a transparent way.
2. Collected only for valid purposes that we have clearly explained to you and not used in any way that is incompatible with those purposes.
3. Relevant to the purposes we have told you about and limited only to those purposes.
4. Accurate and kept up to date.
5. Kept only as long as necessary for the purposes we have told you about.
6. Kept securely.

The kind of information Affinity Trust may hold about you

Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the individual’s identity has been removed (anonymous data).

There are “special categories” of more sensitive personal data which require a higher level of protection.

In connection with your application for employment with us we may collect, store, and use the following categories of personal information about you:

  • Personal details such as name, title, date of birth, gender, marital status, dependants, next of kin, emergency contact information

  • Contact details such as addresses, telephone numbers, and personal email addresses

  • Recruitment information (including copies of right to work documentation, references and other information included in a CV or cover letter/e mail or as part of the application process)

  • Employment history and qualifications

  • Any information you give to us during any interview.

We may also collect, store and use the following “special categories” of more sensitive personal information:

  • Information about your ethnicity, disability and medical or health details.

  • CCJ, bankruptcy and insolvency checks.

  • Information about criminal convictions and offences.

How will Affinity Trust collect your personal information?

Affinity Trust typically collects personal information about candidates, either directly from candidates or from third parties including recruitment agencies, former employers, credit reference agencies, disclosure and barring service in respect of criminal convictions, other background check agencies and your named referees.

How Affinity Trust will use personal information about you

Affinity Trust will only use your personal information when the law allows us to. This includes but is not limited to the following grounds:

  1. Where we need to perform the contract we have entered into with you.

  2. Where we need to comply with a legal obligation.

  3. Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.

  4. Where we need to protect your interests (or someone else’s interests).

  5. Where it is needed in the public interest or for official purposes.

In connection with any recruitment process and the collection of your personal data it is in our legitimate interests to decide whether to appoint you to work since it would be beneficial to our business to appoint someone to that work. We also need to process your personal information to decide whether to enter into a contract with you.

Examples of how we will process your personal information in accordance with the above grounds are listed below. However, some of the grounds will overlap and there may be several grounds which justify our use of your personal information.

  • Making a decision about your recruitment or appointment.

  • Determining the terms on which you will be offered potential work for us, for example, part-time hours.

  • Assessing your skills, qualifications and suitability for a particular job or task, including decisions about promotions.

  • Communicating with you about the recruitment process.

  • Checking you are legally entitled to work in the UK.

  • Carrying out background and reference checks where applicable.

  • Complying with health and safety obligations.

  • Complying with legal or regulatory requirements.

  • Dealing with legal disputes involving you, or other candidates, employees, workers and contractors.

  • To prevent fraud.

  • To ensure network and information security, including preventing unauthorised access to our computer and electronic communications systems and preventing malicious software distribution.

  • Equal opportunities monitoring.

Having received your CV and covering letter/ e mail or your application form and the results from the test you took, we will then process that information to decide whether you meet the basic requirements to be shortlisted for the role. If you do, we will decide whether your application is strong enough to invite you for an interview by an appropriate method depending on the role applied for. If we decide to call you for an interview, we will use the information you provide to us at the interview to decide whether to offer you the role. If we decide to offer you the role, we will then take up references and/or carry out a criminal record check if required and/or carry out any other check, for example but not limited to DBS and Right to Work checks, before confirming your appointment.

If you fail to provide information when requested, which is necessary for us to consider your application (such as evidence of relevant qualifications or work history), we will not be able to process your application successfully.

Please note that we may process your personal information without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.

How Affinity Trust may need to use particularly sensitive personal information about you

“Special categories” of particularly sensitive personal information require higher levels of protection. Affinity Trust needs to have further justification for collecting, storing and using this type of personal information. These special categories of personal information may be processed on the following grounds:

  1. In limited circumstances, with your explicit written consent.

  2. Where we need to carry out our legal obligations or exercise rights in connection with employment.

  3. Where it is needed in the public interest, such as for equal opportunities monitoring or in relation to our occupational pension scheme, and in line with our data protection policy.

  4. Where it is needed to assess your working capacity on health grounds, subject to appropriate confidentiality safeguards.

  5. Where it is needed in relation to legal claims or where it is needed to protect your interests (or someone else’s interests) and you are not capable of giving your consent, or where you have already made the information public.

• Affinity Trust will use information about your disability status to consider whether we need to provide appropriate adjustments during the recruitment process, for example whether adjustments need to be made during any aptitude test or interview.

• Affinity Trust will use information about your race or national or ethnic origin, religious, philosophical or moral beliefs, or your sexual life or sexual orientation, to ensure meaningful equal opportunity monitoring and reporting. Generally when information of this type is used for monitoring and reporting it is anonymised and the individual providing the information cannot be identified.

Do we need your consent?

We do not need your consent if we use special categories of your personal information in accordance with our written policy to carry out our legal obligations or exercise specific rights in accordance with employment law. In limited circumstances, we may approach you for your written consent to allow us to process certain particularly sensitive data. If we do so, we will provide you with full details of the information that we would like and the reason we need it, so that you can carefully consider whether you wish to consent.

Information about criminal convictions

We may only use information relating to criminal convictions where the law allows us to do so. This will usually be where such processing is necessary to carry out our obligations. We may also use information relating to criminal convictions where it is necessary in relation to legal claims, where it is necessary to protect your interests (or someone else’s interests) and you are not capable of giving your consent, or where you have already made the information public.

In appropriate circumstances depending on the role under consideration we may collect information about your criminal convictions history if we would like to offer you a role (conditional on checks and any other conditions, such as references, being satisfactory). Affinity Trust will only carry out these checks when we are required to carry out a criminal records check in order to satisfy ourselves that there is nothing in your criminal convictions history which makes you unsuitable for the role.

Affinity Trust is allowed to use your personal information in this way to carry out our obligations.

Will Affinity Trust share your information with third parties?

We will only share your personal information externally where required to do so by law.

Data security

Affinity Trust has put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal information from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal information to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know. They will only process your personal information on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected data security breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected breach where we are legally required to do so.

Data retention

We will retain your personal information for as long as necessary after we have communicated to you our decision about whether to appoint you to work. We retain your personal information for that period so that we can show, in the event of a legal claim, that we have not discriminated against candidates on prohibited grounds and that we have conducted the recruitment exercise in a fair and transparent way. After this period, we will securely destroy your personal information in accordance with our data retention policy.

Retention periods

For unsuccessful candidate data – 1 year after the recruitment process has finished.
For hired candidates – 7 years from point of hire.

In some circumstances we may anonymise your personal information so that it can no longer be associated with you, in which case we may use such information without further notice to you.

Rights of access, correction, erasure and restriction

It is important that the personal information Affinity Trust holds about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal information changes during the application process or during your subsequent working relationship with us.

Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:

  • Request access to your personal information (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.

  • Request correction of the personal information that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you corrected.

  • Request erasure of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal information where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal information where you have exercised your right to object to processing (see below).

  • Object to processing of your personal information where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes.

  • Request the restriction of processing of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of personal information about you, for example if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.

If you want to review, verify, correct or request erasure of your personal information, object to the processing of your personal data, or request that we transfer a copy of your personal information to another party, please contact the Director of Finance at the address below in writing.

You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal information (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request for access is clearly unfounded or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with the request in such circumstances.

We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access the information (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is another appropriate security measure to ensure that personal information is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it.

Right to withdraw consent

In the limited circumstances where you may have provided your consent to the collection, processing and transfer of your personal information for a specific purpose, you have the right to withdraw your consent for that specific processing at any time. To withdraw your consent, please contact Employee Relations in writing. Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your information for the purpose or purposes you originally agreed to, unless we have another legitimate basis for doing so in law.

Changes to this privacy notice

We reserve the right to update this privacy notice at any time, and we will provide you with a new privacy notice when we make any substantial updates. We may also notify you in other ways from time to time about the processing of your personal information.

If you have any questions about this privacy notice, please contact our Data Protection Officer:

Director of Finance, Affinity Trust, 1 St Andrews Ct, Wellington Street, Thame, OX9 3WT.

Contact us

Head Office

Head Office
1 St. Andrew's Court Wellington Street, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 3WT View Map
T: 01844 267800 F: 01844 267049 E: info@affinitytrust.org

Central England

Central - Divisional Office
109 Boston Road, Beaumont Leys, Leicester, LE4 1AW View Map
T: 0116 236 3793 F: 0345 643 7094 E: info@affinitytrust.org

East Anglia

East Anglia - Divisional Office
Office 3, Wharfside House, Prentice Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1RD View Map
East Anglia - Southend Office
Suite 7, 1st Floor Chalkwell Lawns, 648-656 London Road, Westcliff on Sea, Essex, SS0 9HR View Map
T: 01702 335980 F: 08456 437291
East Anglia - Norfolk Office
Crome House, 231 St. Faiths Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR6 7AP View Map
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East Anglia - Lowestoft Office
The Old Police Station, 2 Regent Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 1PA View Map

East England

East - Divisional Office
U18, South Fens Business Centre, Fenton Way, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, PE16 6TT View Map
T: 01354 696009 F: 08456 437521 E: infoeast@affinitytrust.org
East - Luton Office
Unit 2B Bramingham Business Park, Enterprise Way, Luton, LU3 4BU View Map
T: 01582 584575 E: infoeast@affinitytrust.org

Midlands

Midlands - Divisional Office
Wood Lane Community Centre, 157 Wood Lane, West Bromwich, B70 9PT View Map
T: 0121 553 3502 E: infomidlands@affinitytrust.org

North England

North - Divisional Office
The Gatehouse, Curtis Buildings, Berking Avenue, Leeds LS9 9LF View Map
T: 0113 468 4460 F: 0113 242 1399 E: infonorth@affinitytrust.org
North - Sheffield Office
157-163 Sheffield Road, Killamarsh, Sheffield S21 1DY View Map
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North West England

North West - Divisional Office
Unit 9 Parkview Court, St Paul's Road, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 3DX View Map
T: 01274 533553 E: infoshipley@affinitytrust.org
North West - Tameside Office
The Old Courthouse, Chapel Street, Dukinfield, Cheshire SK16 4DT View Map
T: 0161 711 0577 E: infotameside@affinitytrust.org

Scotland

Scotland divisional office
37 George Street, Ayr, KA8 0AH View Map
T: 01292 292922 F: 08456 437822 E: infoscotland@affinitytrust.org
Oban office
First Floor, Glenshellach House, 7e Glengallan Road, Oban, PA34 4HG View Map
T: 01631 571311 F: 01631 566708 / 0872 111 4616 E: infoscotland@affinitytrust.org
Aberdeen office
Bon Accord House, Riverside Drive, Aberdeen AB11 7SL View Map
T: 01224 039264 E: infoscotland@affinitytrust.org
Isle of Bute office
18 East Princes Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute PA20 9DL View Map
T: 01700 500376 E: infoscotland@affinitytrust.org

South England

South - Divisional Office
Suites 53-55, Aldershot Enterprise Centre, Mandora House, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 2PW View Map
T: 01252 311188 F: 01252 311170 E: infosouth@affinitytrust.org
South - Maidenhead Office
Unit 5, Maple Court, Grove Park Industrial Estate, Waltham Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 3LW View Map
T: 01628 822359 E: infosouth@affinitytrust.org
South - Portsmouth Office
Gatcombe House, Copnor Road, Portsmouth, PO3 5EJ View Map
T: 02392 666624 F: 02392 666624 E: infosouth@affinitytrust.org
South - Oxford Office
Office 4, Hampden House, Monument Park, Chalgrove, Oxfordshire OX44 7RW View Map
T: 01865 893269 E: infosouth@affinitytrust.org

South East England

South East - Divisional Office
Suite 2+3, Henwood Pavilion, Henwood, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8DH View Map
T: 01233 665324 E: infosoutheast@affinitytrust.org
South East - East Sussex Office
Units 31-32, Castleham Business Centre East, Stirling Road, St Leonards On Sea, East Sussex, TN38 9NP View Map
T: 01424 853390 F: 0845 643 7300 E: infosoutheast@affinitytrust.org

South West England

South West - Divisional Office
Mendip Court, Bath Road, Wells, Somerset BA5 3DG View Map
T: 01749 605594 E: infosouthwest@affinitytrust.org

Bradford Positive Behaviour Support Service

Positive Behaviour Support Service
5th Floor, Margaret McMillan Tower, Princes Way, Bradford BD1 1NN View Map
T: 07584 528751 E: BradfordPBS@affinitytrust.org