Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Children's Databases: the file front

We’ve had several phone calls in the last few days asking about ‘The Children’s Database’ and, as usual, the callers were taken aback when we said “which one?” It’s not that we’re trying to be funny or clever: there are several databases.

The 'universal' database - the one that people are most aware of - is the Children’s Index. This will hold the name, address and dob of every child in England plus details of: parents; health and education providers; anyone providing other services to the child; name of person claiming child benefit.

Regulations have just been passed to allow pilots of the Index to take place: more details about that - and the ‘Common Assessment Framework’ -
here.

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