COOKIES AND HOW WE USE THEM
WHAT ARE COOKIES?
Cookies are files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to other websites that recognise that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device and to target the content displayed to the user’s interests.
You can find more information about cookies at: www.allaboutcookies.org
TYPES OF COOKIES
There are two broad types of cookies – ‘first party cookies’ and ‘third party cookies’:
First party cookies are cookies that are served directly by the website operator to your computer, and are often used to recognise your computer when it revisits that site and to remember your preferences as you browse the site. Basically, these are safeguardingplus.com and safeguardingplus.co.uk cookies.
Third party cookies are served by a service provider on behalf of the website operator, and can be used by the service provider to recognise your computer when you visit other web sites. Third party cookies are most commonly used by us for website analytics and also for advertising purposes.
In addition, cookies may be either ‘session cookies’ or ‘persistent cookies’. Your computer automatically removes session cookies once you close your browser.
Persistent cookies will survive on your computer until an expiry date specified in the cookie itself, is reached. We use both session and persistent cookies.
CATEGORIES OF COOKIES WE USE
- Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are essential for the user to move around the website and to use its features, e.g. shopping baskets and payment, application.
- Performance cookies: These cookies collect information about how the user makes use of the site, e.g. which pages the user visits most. These cookies do not collect information that identifies the user.
- Functionality cookies: These cookies remember choices made by or attributes of the user and enhance the features and content you experience during your visit to our website, e.g. language, appeals visited or user’s location. This cookie is also used to remember a user’s preferences for a font size, or customisable parts of a web page.
- Targeting or advertising cookies: These cookies collect information about the users’ browsing habits. This may also include your use of social media sites, e.g. Facebook, etc. or how you interact with our website which then shows you relevant content elsewhere on the internet. NB. These may also be used to choose the advertisements that are displayed to you on other websites.
WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT USING COOKIES?
We may collect some, or all, of the information available from cookies when you visit our website, depending on how you use it. We monitor how people use our website so we can improve it. We collect this information anonymously.
However, you can choose to use our website anonymously without giving us any information. Please see ‘Changing your cookie preferences’ below.
- the areas of the website you visit;
- the amount of time you spend on the site;
- whether you are new to the site, or have visited it before;
- the country, region, city and/or borough associated with your IP address or device;
- how you came to our website – for example, through an email link or a search engine;
- the type of device and browser you use;
- how you use the website and the quality of your experience – for example we may track your bandwidth when viewing videos;
- how you interact with our donation and sign up forms and application forms – for example what you select as your communication preferences; and
- any error messages such as 404 page not found that you receive on the site
Although not through cookies, we measure the success of the emails we send – so we know what subject lines and stories people looked at the most. We receive this information anonymously, we never share that information.
WEBSITE STATISTICS ANALYTICS, TESTING AND PERSONALISATION
Our website currently uses different types of web analytics services including:
OTHER THIRD-PARTY COOKIES
You may notice some other cookies that are not related to the Safeguarding Plus website whilst visiting safeguardingplus.co.uk and safeguardingplus.com. Some of our pages may contain embedded content such as YouTube video, Facebook likes or Google plus material, and you may receive cookies delivered from these websites. Safeguarding Plus does not control the publication of third-party cookies. To understand more about other sites cookies and privacy statements, please visit the relevant sites.
If you do not want cookies to be stored on your PC it is possible to disable this function without affecting your navigation around the site.
HOW TO DISABLE COOKIES
If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer and you wish to block Elementary Design cookies, you can perform the following:
- On your browser tools menu, select ‘Internet Options’
- Click on the ‘Privacy’ tab and then on the ‘Sites’ button
- Type into the ‘Address of website’ field: safeguardingplus.co.uk and safeguardingplus.com
- Click on the ‘Block’ button
- Click on the OK button
- Find out more information about blocking or deleting cookies using Microsoft Internet Explorer.
- Other browsers: