Laura Sandys press release
The Conservative Party has fought against the Government’s plans to put every child’s details on a central database called ContactPoint.
We have described ContactPoint as ‘the Government’s latest expensive database disaster waiting to happen’. We strongly opposed its creation during the passage of the Children Act and voted against it at all stages. We challenged its usefulness as a child protection measure and instead advocated a smaller central ‘signposting’ database concentrated on genuinely vulnerable children such as those in care or on the At Risk Register rather than diluting the effort across eleven million children, the majority of whom will never need to come into contact with social workers for example.
At last year’s Party Conference Michael Gove confirmed that the next Conservative Government will scrap ContactPoint and that remains our position today.
The implementation of ContactPoint has already been delayed several times and was the subject of a review into its security after we questioned its integrity following the loss of the Child Tax Credit discs, several database scandals ago. There were reports in The Times and Telegraph suggesting that implementation has again been ‘slowed’ following further problems that could compromise the identity of adopted children. This comes as no surprise.
In the meantime parents are advised to contact their local authorities and ask for their children’s details to be ‘shielded’ - a device for supposedly affording additional security to certain categories of vulnerable children and those of celebrities and others in public office.