Northumberland County Council’s policy of retaining child protection records for 35 years following case closure has been declared as justified and lawful by the High Court. The claimant and the ICO had submitted that an appropriate retention period should be six years from the child’s eighteenth birthday, as this would be sufficient for any potential negligence claim.

The judge disagreed with the claimant and ICO and highlighted that if a six- year destroy date was followed, many inquiries would have insufficient  information.