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Schleswig-Holstein: ULD publishes guidelines on data protection and social work in schools

The Schleswig-Holstein data protection authority ('ULD') issued, on 9 June 2022, guidelines for data processing and social work in schools. In particular, the ULD noted that social workers in schools provide support with individual counselling or discussions with entire classes, and therefore often deal with very sensitive data about children and young people, or about their personal and family environment.

In light of the above, the ULD explained that the guidelines provide answers to the most common questions received from schools, including social workers, teachers, and administration personnel. Specifically, the ULD outlined that the guidelines cover, among others, the following topics:

  • how to proceed if a child is suspected to be at risk;
  • cooperation with welfare offices;
  • passing on personal data when a child in care changes school; and
  • situations in which communication between the child and the school social worker must remain confidential.

Separately, the ULD noted that the guidelines also contain practical tips for designing a protected work environment and for data security.

You can read the press release here and the guidelines here, both only available in German.