300,000 Workers Will Be Free To Pry Into Child Database

  1. More than 300,000 social workers, teachers and medical staff will be able to pry into the lives of families through the new state database on children.
    The design of the controversial new computer system means that hundreds of thousands of people will be able easily to find details about all 12 million children in the country.

    The system will record the intimate history of every family, including whether parents are regarded as providing a 'positive role model', if a child is doing badly at school, and even if they eat enough fruit and vegetables.
    Critics have already condemned the system as an attack on the rights of parents to bring up their own children and an attempt to interfere in family life by 'barcoding children'.
    Now a Government-funded organisation joined the criticism.
    Mary MacLeod of the National Family and Parenting Institute said: "Our research with parents suggests they will have great anxiety about the proposals."
    The opening of the £224 million database to hundreds of thousands of state-employed staff was disclosed in guidance on the project published yesterday.
    It said that in the interests of helping hospitals, schools, social services and police work together more easily, information should be readily available through any computer linked to the internet, including home computers.
    Some 330,000 people will be able to access details of every family's life if they have the correct two passwords.
    The guidance on the Contact Point system warned: "No system can be 100 per cent guaranteed against misuse."
    The computer system has attracted criticism since it was first proposed by education ministers.
    Legal rights to set it up were laid down in the 2004 Children Act, the law passed following the inquiry into the murder of Victoria Climbie.
    Ministers established the computer system with the aim of preventing any repetition of failings in the Climbie case.

    The eight-year-old died in 2000 at the hands of the 'aunt' who was looking after her and her boyfriend after hospitals, social workers, police and the NSPCC charity failed to act on warnings or check with each other on what was happening to her.

    The database will carry the date of birth, address, parents' names and a computer number for every child until they reach the age of 18. It will included details of school and GP records.
    Some children will have their details electronically 'shielded' because they are considered to be at greater risk. Critics believe the shielding could extend to the families of politicians and influential individuals, giving them privacy not available to ordinary people.

    [​IMG]
    Many will be able to get sensitive details of Britain's children at the click of a mouse



    By STEVE DOUGHTY -
     
  2. Um, yeah. I'm sure that the admins will take great care to remove the data from the db when the child turns 18, unhunh. Yup.

    This is a nice thread to see right after the one about pedophiles! My mind just made the leap here - that this sort of system could be dangerous in the hands of predators.
     
  3. That is totally crazy. I agree, it could be quite AWFUL if the info got put into the pedophille's hands. I doubt it would be that hard to access ultimately, so sad, so wrong.....
     
  4. I was just thinking that.. after that pedophiles thread.. its just......:push:
     
  5. They are thinking of doing something similar to this here in Germany. I don't agree that so many people should have access to the database. When you enter school, every child has to fill out a contact card, and a medical card. That should be enough for hospitals, schools, etc to determine what is the matter with the child, and who to contact. There is no reason to list if the parent is a good role model or not. The teachers will know if the child has a stable parent in their lives - it does not need to be put out there for hundreds of thousands of people to see.
     
  6. I was thinking the same thing too.. I mean you can't know be a 100% sure that someone who has access to this type of information isn't a pedophile..
     
  7. aaaah! scary! since i am a student!
    ITA with everyone else about the pedophile thing too!