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Integrated Children’s System

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2009, Official Report, columns 540-41W, on the integrated children’s system (ICS), who developed the requirements for local authorities to procure systems from IT suppliers to support the delivery of the model. (271470)

The ICS requirements were originally produced as part of the Quality Protects Management Information project, by a team comprising Department of Health (latterly, following machinery of government changes, Department for Education and Skills) officials, local authority officers, and academics working in collaboration. Frontline social workers and managers were involved in development through consultative workshops and local trialling of materials. Commercial suppliers of children’s social care systems were also consulted and informed.

In order to learn about the processes involved in the provision of children’s social care services the Department of Health consulted with local authorities and policy specialists. This enabled them to structure the broad information requirements in a logical, systematic way.

The requirements have been subsequently updated by the DCSF, through a collaboration of policy and practice advisers with frontline social work experience and contracted specialists with knowledge of the production of industry-standard requirements documentation. The most recent requirements have taken account of technical queries raised at earlier stages by local authority officers, and were partly informed by a dedicated workshop with a number of local authority officers involved in ICS implementation.