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Improving Information Sharing and Management Programme

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Improving Information Sharing and Management Programme; and if he will make a statement; (247267)

(2) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of ContactPoint; and if he will make a statement;

(3) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the operation of (a) the Integrated Children’s and (b) the Client Caseload Information system; and if he will make a statement.

The first IISaM survey which will establish the baseline is planned to take place later this year. It will include a section on ContactPoint, eCAF and ICS to be completed as appropriate by practitioners. Views will be sought from practitioners that use the system, based on their experiences of working with children, young people and families. The survey will be carried out annually and used with management information from the system to identify trends and track progress towards realising the benefits of each of the systems. The results of the survey will be collated at both national and local authority level.

ContactPoint has not yet been deployed. In August 2008, we announced that ContactPoint deployment would begin in January 2009. That remains the position and we are on track to deploy the first phase of ContactPoint before the end of January.

The full implementation of the Integrated Children’s System (ICS) is not yet complete. 12 local authorities have not yet implemented phase 1B of ICS, and no authority has yet implemented the final component, which deals primarily with looked-after children and family court processes. This work is due to take place during 2009-10. We will also take account of any recommendations relevant to the operation of ICS that may arise from Lord Laming’s report.

The effectiveness of the Client Caseload Information System (CCIS) was assessed by the National Audit Office in its study of the Connexions Service in 2004. The tracking capability of the CCIS system and its capability to generate robust management information was explored and subsequently commended as a key lever in the national strategy to tackle the issue of 16 to 18-year-olds in England not in education, employment or training.