Child protection database to be launched

Graeme Paton writes in the Daily Telegraph:

A controversial database featuring the details of every child in England will be officially launched next week, despite lingering concerns over safety.

The Government said the ContactPoint system would be used by 800 social workers, head teachers and health officials.

It is the first time staff will have open access to the network which contains information about children’s schools, parents and GPs.

The move comes even though the system – covering 11 million under-18s – has already been delayed three times because of faults.

Contactpoint has also been described as “almost certainly illegal” by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, a civil liberties group, following privacy and security concerns.