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Children: Databases

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects ContactPoint to be fully operational. (295514)

ContactPoint is already operational. From late October, local authorities can start training ContactPoint users across England. The speed at which practitioner use of ContactPoint builds up over time will be agreed jointly with local authorities and national partners.

Access to ContactPoint is strictly limited to those who need it as part of their work, and who have been security vetted and trained. Our latest evidence-based analysis suggests that the number of users will be 390,000. The ultimate number of users will be determined by local authorities and national partners. Those decisions will be governed by regulations and guidance and, ultimately, by capacity and resources.