A crucial database containing details of almost every child in UK has finally been pushed online, amid concerns that the data could be used for felonious purposes.
The database would allow 800 frontline practitioners, including health professionals, social workers, as well as head teachers, to have a more detailed view of child care in the country.
This £224 million system, referred to as “ContactPoint”, contains various important details, including child’s name, date of birth, address, info about their schools, social workers, along with different support services.
The database was launched after a series of delays, as initially it was due to be launched in last October, but was then held back until January 2009, followed by another delay till March, when the government admitted to finding problems in the database’s shielding system, which was designed to protect the database from unauthorised access.
However, the problem has now reportedly been sorted out and the database will be available to various staff in 17 local authorities along with charities Barnardo’s and the disabled children’s charity KIDS.
Touting the significance of the system in helping the right agencies in sharing information related to child welfare, Ed Balls, secretary of state for children, schools and families, said in a statement, “ContactPoint is vital for this because it will enable frontline professionals to see quickly and easily who else is in contact with a child”.