Cuts Watch #4: National database cut
The coalition has announced that the ContactPoint database for children and young people will be cut. Barnardo’s have previously called the database a “vital tool in the armoury to safeguard children”.
Lord Laming, who chaired the Victoria Climbié inquiry, has previously stated that:
In time, I believe ContactPoint will be an important tool in supporting this practice, helping practitioners to know who else is working with a particular child, and therefore contributing to the armoury of measures that we need to support children’s services in making sure children in England are safe and well.
Community Care have suggested that while the implementation of ContactPoint may have been far from perfect, a need remains for improved information sharing among children’s services staff.