Spotlight
Family Court Practice, The
Order the 2021 edition due out in May
Court of Protection Practice 2021
'Court of Protection Practice goes from strength to strength, having...
Jackson's Matrimonial Finance Tenth Edition
Jackson's Matrimonial Finance is an authoritative specialist text...
Spotlight
Latest articles
Re R (Children) (Control of Court Documents) [2021] EWCA Civ 162
(Court of Appeal (Civil Division), King, Peter Jackson, Elisabeth Laing LJJ, 12 February 2021)Practice and Procedure – Disclosure of court documents – Sexual abuse findings –...
AG v VD [2021] EWFC 9
(Family Court, Cohen J, 04 February 2021) Financial Remedies – Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984, Part III – Russian divorceThe wife was awarded just under £6m...
Become the new General Editor of The Family Court Practice, the definitive word on family law and procedure
The Family Court Practice (‘The Red Book’) is widely acknowledged as the leading court reference work for all family practitioners and the judiciary. We are currently recruiting a...
SCTS releases new simplified divorce and dissolution forms for Scotland
The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) has released new simplified divorce and dissolution forms of application. As a result of legislation repealing Council Regulation EC 2201/2003, the...
Welsh Government launches consultation on amendments to adoption regulations
The Welsh Government has launched a consultation on the proposed amendments to the Adoption Agencies (Wales) Regulations 2005 and the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (Wales) Regulations 2015....
View all articles
Authors

ContactPoint switched off

Sep 29, 2018, 17:30 PM
Slug : ContactPoint_switched_off_0608
Meta Title :
Meta Keywords :
Canonical URL :
Trending Article : No
Prioritise In Trending Articles : No
Date : Aug 6, 2010, 10:20 AM
Article ID : 91275

ContactpointThe government has announced it switched off the controversial children's database ContactPoint today.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning, children's minister Tim Loughton said: "We don't think that spreading very thinly a resource which contains details of all 11 million children in the entire country, more than 90% of which will never come into contact with children's services, is the best way of safeguarding genuinely vulnerable children."

The £235m database would have given an estimated 400,000 people access to personal information of all children under 18 as well as information about their parents, schools and medical records. Last November, the previous government rolled out ContactPoint to local authorities and frontline practitioners nationally.

However in his first official speech as Deputy Prime Minister, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg announced the Government's plans to scrap the scheme in line with in the Coalition Agreement.

As of midday today users are no longer able to access the system and the database will be destroyed using government-approved security standards and processes.    

The government is exploring an alternative to the database in the form of a "national signposting approach", which would focus on helping a smaller group of practitioners to find out whether a colleague elsewhere is working, or has previously worked, with the same vulnerable child.

ContactPoint suffered numerous set backs in its development including serious security breaches and long delays to its launch. A report in 2007 by auditors Deloitte said the database could never be totally secure.   

Categories :
  • News
Tags :
Authors
Provider :
Product Bucket :
Recommend These Products
Load more comments
Comment by from