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Cookies on the Social Work England website

Last updated: 29 September 2020

What are cookies?

Cookies are files saved on your computer, phone or tablet when you visit a website. They help make our website work or store information about how you use the website.

Cookies are not viruses or computer programs. They are very small so do not take up much space.

Most internet browsers enables you to erase cookies, block cookies or receive a warning before a cookie is stored.

How we use cookies

Some cookies are necessary for the website to work, for example by keeping it secure.

Optional cookies, like those set by Google Analytics, are not needed for our website to work. These optional cookies help us understand:

  • how many people visit the website
  • how people use the website, for example which pages they visit

Optional cookies help us improve your experience of using the website.

We will not set optional cookies unless you enable them.

Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies operating on our website

Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.

Name Purpose Expiry
__temp__ Holds an encrypted JSON object that stores any unique document references for documents that have been uploading during the concerns form journey(s). Session
flowId Stores the unique flow identifier from Go Cardless so a reconciliation between the two systems can be carried out on post back. Session
returnTo The path for the user to be redirected to post completion of the direct debit process. Session
returnUrl The path for the user to be redirected to post completion of the card payment process. Session
__request__ Stores the unique request identifier from Gov.UK Verify so a reconciliation between the two systems can be carried out on post back. Session
__return__ The path for the user to be redirected to post completion of the Gov.UK Verify verification process. Session
__sessionid Holds the unique session identifier for the user, allowing the website to pull back the users access/identity tokens issues from the IdP. Session
ASP.NET_SessionId This cookie manages the users session with the website. Session
CookieStatus Cookie set by the system to track if third party services (google analytics etc) can be included on the website or not. Now + 2 years
__appianRedirect Holds a flag to indicate if the user has already been redirected to the Appian service in order to establish a level of trust for the domain running the Appian embedded interfaces. Session
AspNetCore.Antiforgery.xxxxxxxx Used by the IdP to stop cross site request forgery. Session
AsnNetCore.Identity.Application Used by the IdP to verify multi-session authentication requests. Session
idsrv.session Stores the unique session identifier for the user on the identity provider. Session

Optional cookies

Cookies set by Google Analytics

Cookie name Expiration time Description
_ga 2 years Used to distinguish users
_gid 24 hours Used to distinguish users
_gat 1 minute Used to throttle request rate

For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Analytics documentation.

Further information on how to prevent cookies from being stored on your computer can be found on the All about cookies website under the ‘manage cookies’ section.

How we use the information we collect

To find out how we collect, store and use information about you or your visit, see our privacy notice

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