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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 our friendly team and we will be happy to assist.

Address: Data Protection Officer, Compassion UK, 43 High Street, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 8BB

Phone: 01932 836 490 or Email: info@compassionuk.org



Compassion UK is committed to respecting your privacy and ensuring the personal information you have entrusted to us is held securely. We process personal information in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Privacy & Electronic Communications Regulations 2003. These laws will be updated in May 2018 to strengthen your rights to privacy and give you control over the personal information that organisations hold about you.

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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 extreme 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;
  • We may use the Royal Mail’s postcode finder, National Change of Address update (NCOA®) or the electoral roll, to check the accuracy of the address we hold;
  • 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.


Sensitive personal data

The Data Protection Act recognises some information as ‘sensitive personal 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 sensitive personal data. As a Compassion family, we share and pray for these needs at our internal group prayer sessions.

Compassion UK will always treat any sensitive personal data we process with greater care and process the information in accordance with the Data Protection Act.






  • For the administration of the child sponsorship programme. 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. The sponsorship experience also includes receiving 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 where a sponsored child departs the programme for a number of reasons. We will promptly notify you and ask that you consider sponsoring another child who we will link you with.
  • 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.





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 info@compassionuk.org
  • Clicking the ‘unsubscribe’ link included in each email communication we send






Compassion UK delivers vital interventions beyond the needs addressed through child sponsorship. This includes the survival of 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
This may include information found from sources such as Companies House and other information that has been published in articles/newspapers.

Social Media
You may give permission for your information to be viewed publicly depending on your settings or the privacy policies for social media and messaging services like LinkedIn.

Third party research organisations
We may use third party organisations to research and provide us with general publicly available information about you.

Important note:

  • We will not undertake any such 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 info@compassionuk.org 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 25 developing 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 third parties 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 third party providers 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 as long as it is required and in accordance with statutory requirements. For example, HMRC requires that we keep a record of your name, address and Gift Aid declaration for six years from the date of your last donation. Where the information is no longer required, we will ensure that it is disposed of in a secure manner.

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.






The Data Protection Act (DPA) gives you the right:

  • To request in writing and securely obtain copies of the personal information Compassion UK holds about you.
  • To correct or update your personal information processed by Compassion UK.
  • To request Compassion UK to stop using your personal information for marketing purposes or for any other purpose where there is no legal requirement for continued processing.

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 www.ico.org.uk





Reporting concerns or compliments

Please contact us 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 January 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. 

How to manage your cookie settings

Many web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Safari, will allow some control over cookies through their settings. To manage your cookie settings, please refer to your browser software. For more information about cookies and how to delete them, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org

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