MPs concerned about children’s database

    MPs have pressed senior government officials for assurances that
    the children’s database outlined in the Children Act 2004
    will not be a costly and complex mess, writes Sally
    Gillen.

     
    Tom Jeffrey

    The director general of children and young people at the DFES
    came under pressure at a meeting of the education and skills
    committee today.

    Tom Jeffrey, who gave evidence to the committee, which is
    looking at the changes set out in ‘Every Child Matters’
    said he “completely understood” the concerns. But he
    added that professionals involved in the 10 ISA trailblazers had
    given a “positive account” of their experience of such
    an IT system.

    However, MPs remained concerned that the database would not
    increase protection of children. Instead they feared it would join
    the list of other government-established IT systems, such as the
    Criminal Records Bureau, that had a “less than
    distinguished” track record.

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