The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

On 26 November 2020 the ICO, in partnership with 5Rights Foundation, hosted Applying the Children’s Code: Managing data-enabled risks. The workshop brought together 120 organisations to explore the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child that underpins the Children’s Code, and approaches for identifying and articulating data-enabled risks to these rights.

View the following workshop sessions below:

  • A Childrens Code refresher – Jo Pedder, Head of Regulatory Strategy, ICO (2 mins 45 s)
  • Understanding the UN Convention on Rights of the Child - Professor Eva Lievens, Ghent University (8 mins 45 s)
  • Risky-by-design: a case study on data-enabled risks to children - Dr Victoria Jaynes, 5Rights Foundation (20 mins 10 s)
  • Introducing the ICO Children’s Code Harm Framework - Jacob Ohrvik-Stott, ICO (28 mins 0 s)

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Help us develop the Children’s Code Harms Framework

The workshop also saw the soft launch of the ICO’s Children’s Code Harms Framework: a flexible tool for internet society services to reflect on a broad range of potential harms, and consequent risky activities, they will need to consider to conform with the Children’s Code.

It brings together risks and harms falling under the scope of the code that sit at the nexus of service design, children’s data processing and legal standards. The framework provides a high-level outline of the how harms may intersect with code standards, and articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in which the code is grounded.

Throughout the code transition period up to September 2021, we will be working with online services, civil society and children’s rights specialists to pilot and develop the framework and associated guidance.

If you would like to be involved, please get in touch at

Download the Beta Children’s Code Harms Framework.