National register of children is possible

National register of children is possible

A national database of all children should not be beyond the
realms of technical possibility given that the vehicle licensing
authority is able to track the whereabouts of any car almost
instantaneously, retired accident and emergency consultant Dr
Howard Baderman told child protection colleagues last week.

“Any car in this country which changes hands and moves about the
country and so on and so forth, the vehicle licensing authority can
find it within minutes, and its background,” Baderman said. “There
are 11 million children compared with 20 million cars.”

Baderman proposed a national database with different levels,
ranging from basic identification details, to records of contact
with agencies, to information about real concern or incidents
involving harm.

Access to information beyond basic details would be on a “need
to know basis”.

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