Records retention policy and schedule

Summary

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, public authorities are required to maintain a retention schedule listing the record series which the authority creates in the course of its business. The retention schedule lays down the length of time which the record needs to be retained and the action which should be taken when it is of no further use.

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This retention schedule contains retention periods for the different records created and maintained by Estyn in the course of its business. This schedule refers to paper records held within the registered file system and their corresponding electronic file.

Some retention periods are governed by statute. Others are guidelines following best practice. Every effort has been made to ensure that these retention periods are compliant with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000.