The Liberal Democrats have always opposed the ContactPoint Database and would like to see it scrapped.
Our primary concern is that the risk of setting up such a monster database, holding sensitive information about some of the most vulnerable people in our society, outweighs any potential benefits.
This Government has an appalling track record when it comes to protecting personal information, with constant reports of data CDs being lost or information being left on trains.
Independent reports have raised concerns about the security of the database and have even made the point that such a huge project can never be one-hundred percent secure.
ContactPoint does not properly tackle the problem it was created to address
Throughout its development, this database has been beset by delays amid concerns about accuracy and security.
When it comes to the personal details of our children, this is simply not good enough.
Even if it were possible to iron out these problems, which is doubtful, ContactPoint does not properly tackle the problem it was created to address.
Simply inputting data on a database risks leading to complacency and buck-passing
Many different professionals are involved in safeguarding children and it is vital that they share information. But this must involve these people talking to one another and actively discussing what they need to do to support children and families.
Simply inputting data on a database risks leading to complacency and buck-passing.
I would like to see the database scrapped and the annual savings, about £40m, used to give social workers more administrative and technical support so that they can spend more time working with children and their families.