UK Government To Use £224 million Child Protection Database To Fight Crime

There's a growing evidence that the current Government is seeking to implement a gigantic Cradle-to-grave database which will ultimatedly contain the details of everyone living in Britain.

A £224 million information pool, called Contactpoint, will be used to see whether children or teenagers, amongst the 11 million records held, have a criminal record and will also hold name, age, location, parents data, GPs, schools and support services info.

The project was pushed forward after the death of Victoria Climbié and was initially seen as a way to connect different services that deal with vulnerable children and teenagers which would have made it easier to flag any potential victims.

But it seems that the database will be accessible by a number of other bodies like the Police, individual councils, schools, doctors and care workers.

Their details will remain in Contactpoint archives till they reach 24 while those with learning difficulties or identified as vulnerable will stay in the database until they are 31 - at which time, they details may or may not be passed to another database.

Proponents of the system say that it will not keep any information on the children per se but instead will say whether they are in contact with a Youth offending team or such services and that the system can actually save lives.