29 September 2006
New government consultation on children’s index
The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) on 21 September launched a consultation on regulations for the planned children’s information sharing index in England.
The DfES proposals would allow social workers and other children’s professionals, including youth offending team members, teachers and voluntary sector staff, to access the database. The index will contain basic information, including name, address, date of birth and an identifying number, on all children aged under 18 who are ordinarily resident in England.
The Children Act 2004 gave the government the power to establish the database. This followed Lord Laming’s report into the death of Victoria Climbié, which found that information about the child had not been properly recorded and communication between professionals was poor. The DfES’s consultation runs until Thursday 14 December 2006.
A recent report from England’s children’s commissioner, Al Aynsley-Green, found young people could be deterred from using sensitive services by concerns about the confidentiality of the database.
Consultation on information sharing proposals launched, communitycare.co.uk, 21 September 2006
Young people wary of new database, 15 September 2006