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Children: Databases

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he expects to publish a full evaluation of the outcomes from the trailblazing authorities on information sharing on children. (117985)

Eleven local authority Trailblazers’ have piloted information sharing approaches with financial support from my department, nine of which developed local indexes.

In 2004, an independent research report about the Trailblazer experiences, “Developing Information Sharing and Assessment Systems” was published. On 8 December 2005, I laid in the House of Commons’ Library the report “Learning from Information Sharing and Assessment Trailblazers” detailing the main lessons learnt from the Trailblazer authorities’ work.

The Trailblazers have continued to influence the development of tools to support better information sharing, including national, cross-Government guidance on Information Sharing published in 2006 and supporting training materials. They continue to work closely with the national Information Sharing Index Project, which draws extensively on their experience and expertise.

There are no plans to publish any further evaluation of the Trailblazers.