ContactPoint Child Protection Database Scrapped

UK government ministers have pulled the plug on the £224 million ContactPoint child protection database set-up by the Labour Government after the murder of 8 year-old Victoria Climbie in 2000.

The ContactPoint database was set-up to allow teachers, police officials and child protection societies to compile the names, ages and addresses of 11 million children in the UK.

The move aimed to allow better co-ordination between teachers, police officials and child protection societies to avoid further incidents of child abuse, but came in way over cost and late. There were also questions raised about the security of the database.

The new government said: “Ministers do not believe that a database, which holds details of all children in England and which is accessible to hundreds of thousands of people, is the right way to help vulnerable children.”

Children's Minister Tim Loughton has said that the government is looking to establish a new national service to improve the exchange of information about vulnerable children between related agencies.