Social workers fret over Welsh database

    The British Association of Social Workers has warned Welsh local
    authorities they will breach client confidentiality if they sign up
    to an antisocial behaviour database.

    BASW Wales officer Gordon Jones said it would be wrong for social
    workers to put information onto a database they had no control over
    and that other agencies could access.

    The Home Office and Welsh assembly database known as Project Dragon
    will provide police, fire, probation, housing and social services
    with a secure site to record perpetrators of antisocial behaviour.
    The information will be plotted on local area maps once it goes
    live in April.

    Jones said: “When we share information at the moment there are very
    strict controls over how it is used.

    “There is a danger you could stigmatise individuals and communities
    and people could be the target of special attention by agencies,”
    he added.

    An assembly spokesperson said the Crime and Disorder Act 1998
    allowed information to be shared in the interests of reducing
    crime. Many organisations are concerned signing up to it could lead
    to increased workloads.

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