Privacy notice

Compassion UK is a leading children’s charity, registered in the England and Wales (1077216) and Scotland (SC045059). We are also a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales (03719092).

This Privacy Notice explains what to expect when Compassion UK collects and uses your personal information. We encourage you to read this notice carefully and if you’d like to learn more about our data protection and privacy policies or get further clarification, please contact Marsha Jones, our Data Protection Officer, and she will be happy to assist.


Data Protection officer,
Compassion UK,
Compassion House,
Barley Way,
GU51 2UT

Phone: 01932 836 490 or Email:


Compassion UK is committed to respecting your privacy and ensuring the personal information you have entrusted to us is held securely and processed in accordance with all applicable data protection and privacy laws.

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We collect personal information in the following ways:

Directly from you when you:

  • Make the generous decision to become a sponsor to bring hope to a child living in poverty;
  • Make a donation;
  • Register for a myCompassion account;
  • Visit our website. Please see our Cookies section for more information;
  • Sign up to join and become part of our incredible family of volunteers;
  • Register to take part in our exciting challenges, free interactive events or to visit our Compassion projects overseas;
  • Request for resources to share about Compassion;
  • Contact us with an enquiry;
  • Complete a survey;
  • Are a church leader and/or have a key role in a church working in partnership with Compassion UK;
  • Act as a Compassion Ambassador advocating for children in poverty;
  • Register to host a Compassion event;
  • Apply for a job to join our great team.

From other sources:

  • When you register to sponsor a child through our global Compassion partners, and you live in the UK or Ireland, the administration of your sponsorship experience will be processed by Compassion UK;
  • To check the accuracy of the postal address we hold, we may use: Royal Mail’s postcode finder, the National Change of Address (NCOA®) Update, the electoral roll, and the ReAD Group’s Gone Away Suppression (GAS) and Bereavement Register (TBR) files, which include information sourced from credit reference agencies such as Experian. If we receive updated address information from a source other than the Royal Mail, we will check with you before updating our records;
  • Information made available publicly by Charity Commission, Companies House or information that has been published in newspapers and articles. Please read more about how we use this information in the Fundraising section.

The personal information we collect

  • Personal identifiers such as your title, name and year of birth;
  • Contact details including postal address, post code, email and telephone number;
  • Financial information such as your bank details;
  • Whether you are a UK tax payer;
  • The event location where you registered to sponsor a child;
  • Family, spouse or friends, when you are sponsoring jointly as part of a supporter group;
  • Letters you write to your sponsored child;
  • Records of your contact with us.

Special categories data

Under data protection law, some personal information is recognised as ‘special categories data’. This includes, but is not limited to, information which reveals your religious beliefs, health issues, race or ethnic origin.

Compassion UK is a Christ-centred organisation committed to preserving its Christian ethos. Where necessary and consented to, we may collect details about your church affiliations and personal faith.

Additionally, we collect details about any health concerns or disability to make the necessary arrangements for travel overseas, participation in a Compassion Challenge or where you have disclosed this, so we can meet any additional customer service requirements.

We also receive prayer requests and the information may reveal information about your health. As a Compassion family, we share and pray for these needs at our internal group prayer sessions.

Compassion UK will always treat any special categories data we process with greater care and process the information in accordance with all applicable data protection laws.


  • For the administration of the child sponsorship programme and where relevant, linking your sponsorship to a Compassion UK church partnership.
  • The benefits of becoming a sponsor include; sending you information about your sponsored child; their registered project; other relevant life events; child letters; responding to your queries and acknowledging the gifts you give. We will also send you notifications about your sponsored child’s birthday so that you can send a birthday card and/or gift for your child. During the festive season, we issue a reminder to send a Christmas card so that it can be hand-delivered in time. There are instances when a sponsored child departs the programme for a number of reasons. We will promptly notify you and (in almost all circumstances) give you the opportunity to write a final letter. We will also offer you another child to continue your sponsorship commitment with. Unless we hear back from you, we will automatically link you with another child within one month of your sponsored child departing. If we are unable to contact you, your donations will be allocated to our Unsponsored Child Fund which is used to support children waiting for a sponsor. Please note that once allocated, the funds are non-refundable. 
  • To process the monthly sponsorship payment and any other donations.
  • To reclaim tax on Gift Aid donations, if applicable.
  • To verify that you are over 18 and if not, obtain permission from your parent/guardian to process your information or accept any regular donations.
  • To enable us to take greater care when engaging with our older supporters.
  • To provide online access to information about your sponsored child and the opportunity to write and receive letters electronically.
  • When you visit our website, we may gather information about which pages you visit to help us improve and provide you with the best service.
  • To determine and improve the effectiveness of our website and marketing campaigns.
  • To deliver interactive Compassion Experience events.
  • To organise and coordinate Compassion Challenges such as running, cycling and mountain biking.
  • To create and steward effective partnerships with UK Churches and with Compassion Ambassadors.
  • To keep you informed about our work. Please see more details in the Marketing Permissions section.
  • To enable us to contact you with relevant and the most appropriate information. Please see more details in the Fundraising section.
  • To manage and coordinate our volunteers.
  • For compliance with employment law and other statutory requirements.


Compassion UK will rely on the following legal bases to process your personal information:

1. Legitimate Interest
We will process your information for a purpose you would reasonably expect. We will have pre-determined that it is necessary to process your information for this purpose and balanced this with your rights and interests. For example, when you become a sponsor, we use your name and contact details to administrate the sponsorship experience.

2. Consent
We give you the choice and control over our processing activities where relevant. For example, we ask for your permission to send you marketing information by email or text.

3. Contract
If you have a contract with Compassion UK for example as an employee or you haven’t got a contract but need to provide your information as a first step (e.g. apply for a job with us) we rely on the legal basis that the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract.

4. Legal Obligation
In some cases, we are required to process your personal information where there is a legal requirement. For example, it is a legal obligation to disclose employee salaries to HMRC. Additionally, we process your name, house name or number, post code and donation history for Gift Aid purposes as required by HMRC.


When you make a donation to us online or over the phone, Compassion UK ensures that this is done securely and in accordance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. All credit or debit card details are entered directly into the Barclaycard Merchant Services and never recorded or stored in any of our systems on completion of your transaction. Remember; don’t send an email with any credit or debit card details.


We love sharing news about how your support is changing the lives of children, families and communities in the name of Jesus. This includes sending you information about our work, news, appeals, campaigns, events, information on volunteering and prayer requests.

Email and text marketing:
We will ask for your permission to contact you by email or text for marketing purposes.

Postal marketing:
From time to time we may send you information about our work unless you have told us you would prefer not to receive this information by post. If you have registered with the Mail Preference Service (MPS), we will only send you marketing communication by post if you have given us permission to do so.

Telephone marketing:
We may call to update you on the vital work we are doing. If you have registered your number with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS), we will only make marketing calls to you if you have given us permission to do so.

Compassion UK is committed to respecting your choice to receive marketing information. You can update your permission and contact preferences at any time by:

  • Logging onto your myCompassion account
  • Calling our friendly team on 01932 836 490
  • Emailing
  • Clicking the ‘unsubscribe’ link included in each email communication we send


Child Sponsorship

Our work would not be possible without the commitment of our supporters as partners in our ministry, who have taken a stand against child poverty.

Depending on the age of the child at the start of the sponsorship, they will graduate from the Compassion programme aged 18-22 years depending on their personal situation and where they live. Most sponsors support their sponsored child for the full length of the programme. However, we understand that circumstances can change for both the sponsor and the child. To help us learn more about our supporters and their unique sponsorship journey, we analyse information about your interactions with us to better understand your interest and ability to support a child for the full length of the sponsorship programme, accept to sponsor another child should your sponsored child depart from the programme or your capacity to sponsor additional children.

Compassion Interventions

Compassion UK delivers vital interventions beyond the needs addressed through child sponsorship. This includes supporting vulnerable pregnant mothers and their   infants, providing safe water and sanitation facilities, malaria nets, life-saving surgery, helping families to secure a more stable income, vocational skills training, HIV and   AIDS education, testing and prevention,   and child protection. Fundraising is essential for Compassion UK   to make a lasting difference in the lives of children in need. To fundraise more efficiently and steward our resources with integrity   and excellence, we conduct research to gain a better understanding of our supporters.   This helps us to personalise our funding requests for supporters with the interest and ability to support our non-sponsorship interventions. The research involves compiling information you’ve provided to us with general information from:

  • Publicly available sources such as Companies House and other information that has been published in articles/newspapers.
  • Social media – information can be viewed publicly depending on your privacy settings. Our use of LinkedIn is limited to information about your career, education and interests
  • Third party research organisations – to provide us with general publicly available information about you.

Important note:

  • We will not undertake any research activities   for fundraising purposes within your first year   of sponsorship.
  • You can contact us at any time to opt-out of your personal information being processed in this way by emailing  or calling us on 01932 836 490.


At Compassion UK, we are passionate about ensuring we are good stewards of the resources God has given us. To help us meet the rising costs of the programme, Compassion UK may increase the child sponsorship rate after completing intensive scrutiny, to ensure that we are making a difference in the lives of the children we serve. We will notify you of any changes to the sponsorship rate before processing.


Compassion UK is a global partner of Compassion International which works in 29 countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA). We will only share personal information which is either consented to, necessary to fulfil the sponsorship experience or to coordinate visits to our overseas child development programmes. Compassion International is committed to ensuring that its overseas national offices have adequate levels of data protection safeguards when processing your personal information.

We may also share your personal information with trusted suppliers where it is necessary to provide products you have requested from us (such as child letters) or where they are contracted to develop or maintain our systems.

We monitor information security compliance and have written contracts which obligate our partners or suppliers to process your personal information only on our instructions and in accordance with applicable data protection and privacy laws.

Compassion UK and any of its affiliate entities may be under duty to disclose your personal information where required in order to comply with any legal obligation.


Compassion UK will only keep your personal information for the period it is required and in accordance with our data retention schedule. For example, for accounting purposes and to administer Gift Aid declarations we keep a record of your name, house name or number, post code, donations history and Gift Aid declaration for seven years.

Where some information is required for a pre-determined purpose, for example, when your sponsorship comes to an end, we keep digital copies of letters you have written to your sponsored child for no more than 7 years after the child graduates from the Compassion programme. This is because formerly sponsored children do contact us when they are adults and ask for copies of their letters. If you have indicated that you do not wish to hear from us in the future, we will keep the minimum information necessary to ensure we avoid contacting you any further.

In the event that you exercise your right to erasure, we will ensure you are informed about what data we are legally required to retain and for how long.


Under data protection law, you have the right:

  • To request to obtain copies of the personal information Compassion UK holds about you. You can make a request verbally or in writing. If you make you request verbally, we will ask that you also follow up in writing so that we can have a record of your request.
  • To correct or update your personal information processed by Compassion UK which you think is inaccurate or incomplete.
  • To ask Compassion UK to erase your personal information in certain circumstances.
  • To ask Compassion UK to restrict or limit the way we use your personal information.
  • To object to the use of your personal information in certain circumstances where Compassion UK has no legitimate reason for continued use.
  • To object to the use of your personal information for marketing purposes.
  • To ask Compassion UK to transfer the information you have given us from one organisation to another or give it to you.

The Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) gives you the right:

  • To choose whether or not to receive marketing communication from us by email, text or telephone. Please see the Marketing Permissions section for more information about how to change or update your contact permissions and preferences.
  • To know about the cookies Compassion UK uses, so that you can decide whether to give us permission to store a cookie on your device. Please see the Cookies section for more information.

For more information about your information rights visit

Reporting concerns or compliments

Please contact our Data Protection Officer if you wish to raise a concern about Compassion UK’s handling of your personal information, or compliment what you think we have done well.

You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office about how we manage your data.


Compassion UK will review our privacy notice regularly. The terms of this notice may be updated at any time for example, in the event of changes in law and how we operate. Please do check our website from time to time. If there are any significant changes in the way we process your personal information, we will provide a prominent notice on our website or send a notification. This notice was last updated in May 2018.

Thank you from everyone at Compassion for your amazing support.


Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. Compassion UK uses cookies to enable our website to function effectively, to improve your experience and to determine and improve the effectiveness of our website and marketing campaigns.

Here is a brief overview of the types of cookies we use on the Compassion UK websites, which consist of four categories:

  • CMS cookies – our Compassion UK website is created in a CMS (Content Management System) called WordPress, which places a small number of standard WordPress cookies on your computer as you use it. Other Compassion websites (for example, Compassion Challenges, Compassion Experience, Compassion Explorers) are created in different CMS systems and they can create cookies too. Additional cookies will be placed on your computer if you are an editor on one or more of these CMS systems (for example if you are a Compassion UK staff member or an IT contractor).
  • Cookies to improve your experience – we use a small number of cookies on our website to help you get the best experience. For example, we place a cookie on your computer when you first log-in to myCompassion, to save you logging in the future. This cookie is removed when you log out of myCompassion. Similarly, the first time you load the Compassion UK homepage, you will see a notice at top of the page about cookies. We place a cookie on your computer when you press ‘X’, so that you don’t see this notice in future. We also embed YouTube and Vimeo films on our website regularly. We are unable to prevent these sites, or external domains, from collecting information on your usage of this embedded content. If you are not logged in to these external services then they will not know who you are but are likely to gather anonymous usage information for example, number of views, plays, loads etc.
  • Analytics – Examples include Google Analytics or Crazy Egg. Google Analytics cookies collect information about how visitors use a website and help us to continually improve our blog. 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 you. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. Compassion UK uses this data to help us to understand: which pages people visit on the site, which internet browsers are being used, what is popular on our website, which pages on the website are visited before people donate or sponsor a child. Crazy Egg is a website design tool we use to measure the way visitors to our site interact with specific pages. We use cookies to see where users click on the page so that we can make it easier for our supporters to find the information they are looking for.
  • Paid advertising (Google, Facebook and Bing) – we use cookies from trusted third parties to measure the effectiveness of paid advertising to ensure the money we spend is used effectively. They also enable us to either service advertisements to or exclude people who have visited our websites. Cookies from Google, Bing and Facebook allow us to track traffic to our website to tell us if our marketing campaigns are successful, and ensure we are spending our advertising budgets as efficiently as possible.

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