Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how we at Thames Valley Partnership use and protect information that you give us when you use this website.

We are committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

We may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes.

What we collect

On this website, the only information we may collect about you personally is what you choose to tell us via the Contact form. This may include:

  • name and job title
  • name of the organisation you work for
  • contact details, including telephone number and email and postal addresses
  • your interests.

What we do with the information

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

  • We may use the information to improve our services.
  • We may periodically send you emails about our activities or other matters which we think you may find interesting, using the email address which you have provided.
  • From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes. We may contact you by email, phone or mail.


Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your computer or smartphone when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device. You can find more information about cookies at: and For a video about cookies visit

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests. The cookies used on this website have been categorised based on the categories found in the ICC UK Cookie guide. A list of all the cookies used on this website by category is set out below.

If you have disabled cookies in your browser, all the public facilities of this website will still be accessible to you, but (if you are a registered user) you will not be able to login.

Category 1: strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around a website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies services you have asked for, like shopping baskets or e-billing, cannot be provided.

None of the cookies used on this website fall into category 1.

Category 2: performance cookies

These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.

The table below lists the category 2 cookies used on this website. By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

Cookie Name Purpose More information

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

The pk_id cookie expires after two years; the pk_ses cookie expires after 30 minutes.

See Web Analytics Privacy in Piwik.

We respect your Do-Not-Track preference, if your browser supports it and you have enabled it.


Category 3: functionality cookies

These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

The table below lists the category 3 cookies used on this website. By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

Cookie Name Purpose

Placed by our website management software Drupal to remember display preferences. This cookie expires after one year.

has_js Placed by our website management software to remember whether your browser has JavaScript enabled. This helps the web server to work more efficiently. The cookie is removed when you close your browser.

SESS(followed by a 32 character random string)

Placed by our website management software to remember choices you may have made while using the website. One example is the Area and Pathway filters, so that the Resources page "remembers" the selection when you return to the page. If you have logged in, this cookie also keeps track of your user name, so that you don't always have to login again when you restart the browser. If you have disabled cookies, you will not be able to login. This cookie expires after about 23 days.

Category 4: targeting cookies or advertising cookies

These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.

None of the cookies used on this website fall into category 4.

Other local storage methods

As well as cookies, there are several other ways in which websites can store information on your computer, including Web storage (local strorage and session storage), Application cache, Web databases and Local shared objects ("Flash cookies"). We do not use any of these methods.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Facebook and Twitter

If you are logged in to Facebook or Twitter in the same browser that you are using to view our site, these social media sites will also place cookies on your computer and may be able to track your progress through our site.

Controlling your personal information

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so.

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to us at the address on the Contact page.

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please contact us as soon as possible. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.