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Children: Databases

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether ContactPoint will record whether a child has previously been subject to a child protection plan. (253436)

ContactPoint is an online tool to enable delivery of co-ordinated support for children and young people and ensure that they do not slip through the net. It will be the quick way for practitioners to find out who else is working with the same child. It will contain basic identifying information about all children and young people in England, up to their 18th birthday, and contact details for their parents/carers and for services working with a child or young person.

ContactPoint does not and will not record whether a child has previously been subject to a child protection plan, nor does it or will it hold any other case information. The data that can be held on ContactPoint is restricted by the Children Act 2004 Information Database (England) Regulations 2007.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of children whose information will be shielded on ContactPoint. (255713)

[holding answer 9 February 2009]: As in my previous response to the hon. Member for Basingstoke (Mrs. Miller) on 29 January 2009, Official Report, column 832W, we are not in a position at this early point to provide a definitive figure for number of records that may be shielded. However, early indications are that between a 100 records and 200 records on average may be shielded in each local authority.