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Your Privacy


Privacy Policy

The Patten Practice is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. This policy explains when and why we collect personal information about you, how we use it, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others, how we keep it safe and secure and your rights and choices in relation to your information.

Any questions regarding this policy and our privacy practices should be sent by email to or you can telephone 07802 548380.

This Privacy Policy is provided in a layered format, click on a link to jump to a specific section.

  • How do we collect information from you

  • What type if information is collected and why we use it

  • How long is your information kept for

  • Who do we share your information with

  • Lawful processing

  • Marketing preferences

  • Your rights

How do we collect information from you?

We obtain information about you in the following ways:

Information you give us directly

For example, we will obtain information about you when you make contact to access service from The Patten Practice or when you register to receive information from us.

Information you give us indirectly

Your information may be shared with us by third parties, which might include:

People you have authorised to speak to us on your behalf to support you in making a referral to our organisation.

When you visit our website

We, like many companies, automatically collect the following information:

technical information, including the type of device you’re using, the IP address, browser and operating system being used to connect your computer to the internet. This information may be used to improve the services we offer.

Information about your visit to our website, for example we collect information about pages you visit and how you navigate the website, i.e. length of visits to certain pages, products and services you viewed and searched for, referral sources (e.g. how you arrived at our website).

We collect and use your personal information by using cookies on our website – more information on cookies can be found under the ‘Cookies Policy’ section.

Social Media

When you interact with us on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter we may obtain information about you (for example, when you publicly tag us in an event photo), but The Patten Practice will never ask for personal or sensitive information and would encourage users wishing to discuss sensitive detail to contact us by telephone or email. The information we receive will depend on the privacy preferences you have set on those types of platforms. Engagement through external social media platforms are subject to their privacy policy and terms and conditions respectively.

What type of information is collected and why we use it?

The personal information we collect, store and use might include:

  • Your name and contact details (including postal address, email address and telephone number).

  • Your date of birth.

  • Your GP details.

  • Your school/college details.

  • Information about your activities on our website and about the device used to access it, for instance your IP address and geographical location.

  • Your bank or credit card details. If you make a payment online or make a purchase, your card information is not held by us, it is collected by our third party payment processors, who specialise in the secure online capture and processing of credit/debit card transactions.

  • Any other personal information shared with us.

Sensitive information

Data protection laws recognise certain categories of personal information as sensitive and therefore requiring greater protection, for example information about your health, ethnicity and religion. Because of the nature of our company we collect sensitive data about your mental and physical health when you make a referral and engage in our services, and we also ask about ethnicity. You do not have to give us this information if you do not want to. Where appropriate, we will make it clear why we are collecting this type of information and what it will be used for.

How and why is your information used?

We may use your information for a number of different purposes, which may include:

  • Providing you with the services, products or information you asked for.

  • Processing orders that you have submitted.

  • Carrying out our obligations under any contracts entered into between you and us.

  • Keeping a record of your relationship with us.

  • Reporting statistical anonymised information back to our funders as an obligation of our contract with them.

  • Conducting anonymised analysis and market research so we can understand how we can improve our services, products or information.

Where you have given us your express consent or otherwise clearly indicated to us we may use your information when:

  • Seeking your views or comments on the services we provide.

  • Notifying you of changes to our services.

  • Sending you communications which you have requested and that may be of interest to you. These may include information about campaigns and activities and promotions of goods and services; and processing grant, funding or job/ volunteer applications.

How long is your information kept for?

We keep your information for no longer than is necessary for the purposes it was collected for. The length of time we retain your personal information for is determined by operational and legal considerations. For example, we are legally required to hold some types of information to fulfill our statutory and regulatory obligations (e.g. health/safety and tax/accounting purposes). We review our retention periods on a regular basis.

Who do we share your information with?

We do not sell or rent your information to third parties. We do not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes.

However, we may disclose your information to third parties in order to achieve the other purposes set out in this policy.

Third party service providers

We may pass your information to our third party service providers, suppliers, agents, subcontractors and other associated organisations for the purposes of completing tasks and providing services to you on our behalf (for example to process orders and send you mailings). However, when we use these third parties, we disclose only the personal information that is necessary to deliver the services and we have a contract in place that requires them to keep your information secure and prevents them from using it for their own direct marketing purposes. Please be reassured that we will not release your information to third parties for them to use for their own direct marketing purposes.

Legal obligations

We may share your personal data if we are required to do so by law, for example, by a court order or for the purposes of prevention of fraud or other crime to a third party. We will do so if we are under a duty to disclose or in order to comply with any legal obligation or to enforce or apply our terms of use or to protect the rights, property or safety of our staff, clients and customers, users of the website or others. However, we will take steps with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected.

Sensitive information

We will not share your sensitive information without your permission except in exceptional circumstances such as:

  • If you are at risk of hurting yourself or hurting others.

  • If you or someone else is at risk of being hurt by other people.

  • If we would have to contact someone for example a GP, we would do this whenever possible with your consent.

Lawful processing

Data protection law requires us to rely on one or more lawful grounds to process your personal information. We consider the following grounds to be relevant:

Specific consent

Where you have provided specific consent to us using your personal information in a certain way, such as to contact you by email, text or post regarding our services or for marketing purposes. We will only contact you about our work if you have specifically agreed for us to contact you.

Performance of a contract

Where we are entering into a contract with you and performing our obligations for example when you make a referral for counselling or other wellbeing support.

Legal obligation

Where necessary so that we can comply with a legal or regulatory obligation to which we are subject, for example where we are ordered by a court or regulatory authority.

Vital interests

Where it is necessary to protect life or health (for example in the case of medical emergency suffered by an individual) or a safeguarding issue which requires us to share your information with the emergency services.

Legitimate interests

Where it is reasonably necessary to achieve our or others’ legitimate interests (as long as what the information is used for is fair and does not duly impact your rights).

We consider our legitimate interests to be running The Patten Practice for purposes which include:

  • Provide services to support your mental and emotional needs.

  • Send postal communications which we think will be of interest to you.

  • Conduct research to better understand our client group and how best to meet their needs.

  • Monitor who we deal with to protect the organisation against fraud, money laundering and other risks.

  • Enhance, modify, personalise or otherwise improve our services /communications for the benefit of our clients and customers and.

  • Understand better how people interact with our website and our organisation.

When we legitimately process your personal information in this way, we consider and balance any potential impact on you, and your rights under data protection laws. We will not use your personal information where our interests are overridden by the impact on you, for example, where use would be excessively intrusive (unless, for instance, we are otherwise required or permitted to by law).

When we use sensitive personal information, we require an additional legal basis to do so under data protection laws, so will either do so on the basis of your explicit consent or another route available to us at law (for example, if we need to process it for social protection purposes, your vital interests, or in some cases, if it is in the public interest for us to do so).

Marketing preferences

You have a choice about whether or not you wish to receive information from us. If you do not want to receive direct marketing communications from us then you can select your choices by ticking the relevant boxes situated on the form(s) used to collect your information.

We’re committed to putting you in control of your data so you’re free to change your marketing preferences (including to tell us that you don’t want to be contacted for marketing purposes) at any time by contacting us by email or by phone 07802 548380.

We will not use your personal information for marketing purposes if you have indicated that you do not wish to be contacted. However, we may still need to contact you for administrative purposes like where we are processing a payment or thanking you for your participation in an event.

Your rights

Under UK data protection law, you have certain rights over the personal information that we hold about you. Here is a summary of the rights that apply:

Right of access

You have a right to request access to the personal data that we hold about you. You also have the right to request a copy of the information we hold about you, and we will provide you with this unless legal exceptions apply.

Right of portability

You can also ask us to provide you or a third party with your personal information in a commonly used electronic form.

Right to rectification

You can have inaccurate or incomplete information we hold about you corrected. If you believe any of the other information we hold is inaccurate or out of date, please contact us.

Right to restrict use

You can ask us to restrict the processing of some or all of your personal information if there is a disagreement about its accuracy or we’re not lawfully allowed to use it.

Right of erasure

You can ask us to delete your personal information where it is no longer necessary for us to use it, where you have withdrawn consent or where we have no lawful basis for keeping it.

Right to object

You have the right to object to processing where we use your personal information for direct marketing, for statistical/research purposes or where processing is based on legitimate interests or those of a third party.

Right to no automated decision making

We do not carry out any automated decision making.

If you want to exercise any of the above rights or make a complaint, please email us at or phone 07802 548380. We may ask for further information and/or evidence of identity. We will respond to all requests within one month of receipt of your request, however if we are unable to do so we will contact you with reasons for the delay.

Please note that exceptions apply to a number of these rights and not all rights will be applicable in all circumstances.

You can also make a complaint to the independent data protection body, The Information Commissioner’s Office, full details available at

Keeping your information safe

When you give us personal information, we take steps to ensure that appropriate technical and organisational controls are in place to protect it. We undertake regular reviews of who has access to information that we hold to ensure that your info is only accessible by appropriately trained staff, volunteers and contractors.

Non-sensitive details (your email address etc.) transmitted over the Internet can never be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your information, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems.

Any debit or credit card details we receive on our website are passed securely to Paypal our payment processing partners who operate according to the payment card industry security standards.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites run by other organisations. This policy applies only to our website‚ so we encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit. We cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of other websites even if you access them using links from our website.

In addition, if you linked to our website from a third party site, we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of the owners and operators of that third party site and recommend that you check the privacy policy of that third party site.

Use of ‘Cookies’

Like many other websites, our website uses cookies. Cookies are small pieces of information sent by an organisation to your computer and stored on your hard drive to allow that website to recognise you when you visit. For example, we use cookies to store your country preference. This helps us to deliver a better more personalised service when you browse our website and improve our services.

It is possible to switch off cookies by setting your browser preferences but it may result in a loss of functionality when using our website. For more information. view our cookies policy.

Transferring your information outside of Europe

We do not transfer any information about or relating to individuals to anyone who is located outside of the European Economic Area. However, on some occasions, the information we collect on our website may be transferred to organisations who may store and use such data at premises in other countries. Where we allow an organisation to process your personal information outside of the European Economic Area, we will ensure that we create and maintain appropriate safeguards with those organisations so that your personal information is subject to the same standards and protections as when we are processing your personal information inside the European Economic Area. If you use our website while you are outside the EEA, your information may be transferred outside the EEA in order to provide you with information or services.

Changes to this policy

Any changes we may make to this policy in the future will be posted on our website so please check occasionally to ensure that you are happy with any changes. If we make any significant changes we will make this clear on our website.  We keep this policy under regular review.

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Cookies Policy

What are cookies? –  Web browser cookies are small pieces of data sent from a website and stored on the user’s computer by the user’s web browser while the user is browsing. Cookies are used to help keep track of your preferences and selections so that there is no need to reconfigure those settings after repeat visits.

Can I choose whether to allow cookies? – You can choose whether to accept or decline cookies during your first visit to our website. No personal data is collected via our website, if you would still prefer to disable cookies you can do so. However, disabling cookies may disrupt the functionality of some websites.

Alternatively, you can configure your cookie settings in the preferences section of your preferred browser. If you would like to learn more about cookies, you can do so by clicking on the aforementioned link.

If you would like to contact us regarding our cookie policy, you can do so by email or by phone 07802 548380.

What cookie formats do we use?

Strictly Necessary

Strictly Necessary Cookies are cookies that are put in place for optimum browser functionality, this means that any settings or preferences configured on the site by the user will be recorded, this is for the convenience of not having to reconfigure those settings with each repeated visit.

This data is solely used to enhance the user’s experience when navigating a website, cookie data is collected anonymously, no personal data is stored on our server. You still have the option to decline cookies although blocking cookies may affect the functionality of some websites.

Third Party Cookies

This website is hosted by Wix This utilises web service offered by Wix that tracks and reports on web traffic coming in to our site. This data is collected from our site by Wix and processed in to an ongoing series of reports that allows us to see view stats on page visits, repeat visits, most popular pages and how people found our site. This helps us to determine which sections of our website are attracting the most interest and which sections need improving.

All data collected is done so anonymously, no personal information is attached to any data that’s stored.

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Terms & Conditions

By continuing in browsing this site you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions which are bound together with our Privacy Policy, this governs the Patten Practice’s relationship with you in relation to this website. If you disagree with our terms and conditions, it is recommended that you cease from using this website.

The term “You” or “User” refers to the viewer of this website, whereas the term “The Patten Practice”, “Us” or “We” refers to the owner of the website.

The use of this website is subject to the following terms of use:

The content of this website is displayed as general information for the user and is subject to change without notice.

Cookies are put in place solely for the convenience of storing settings and preferences configured by the user. All data is collected anonymously, although you still have the option to accept or decline the use of cookies (declining cookies may impact the functionality of this website).

Enquiries submitted via our contact form are confidential and no information will be shared with any third party or vendor. The data supplied will be used to distribute requested information regarding our services and this could be in the form of email(s), phone calls or an information pack via email or post. Once this process has been completed, your data will be deleted from our database within a six-month period or until the end of a specified time period if you choose to access our services. If you require further information after this time, then you will be required to resubmit your contact information.

Enquiries submitted via email are confidential and will not be shared with any third party or vendor. Once an enquiry has been bought to a satisfactory conclusion, all recorded information will be deleted after a period of six months. We will never sell your data.

The user is responsible for the accuracy of any information submitted electronically via the website, The Patten Practice will not be held accountable for any inaccurate information submitted by the user via the website.

All trademarks displayed on this website which are not licensed by, property of, or licensed to the operator(s) are acknowledged via the website.

Unauthorised use of this website may result in legal action regarding damages or infringements that may be deemed as a criminal offence.

Occasionally this website may post external links to other websites. These links are provided purely for further information or reference. We do not officially endorse these websites or have any responsibility regarding content.

The use of this website and any dispute is subject to the laws of the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU).

You can learn more about data and your rights from the following websites:

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