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CHILD DATABASE DEADLINE IS UNLIKELY TO BE MET

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Most councils will be unable to meet the two-year deadline for establishing a database on all children, recommended...
Most councils will be unable to meet the two-year deadline for establishing a database on all children, recommended by the Climbié inquiry.

This was the message from a survey by electronic data provider Headstar.

The inquiry recommended councils establish a database on all children, capable of monitoring every contact with welfare and law-enforcement agencies.

But of the 80 councils surveyed, 85% had yet to introduce a computer system which recorded a child's contact with social services, the police, schools and the NHS, while 15% predicted it would take up to five years to establish such a system.

The survey found major disparities between NHS and council data on children and families. In one instance, nearly 3% of one London borough's clients were listed as alive while the NHS said they were dead.

Overall, 48% of the council's records did not match the local NHS database.

www.headstar.com

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