Saturday, May 20, 2006

Scottish children's database pilot

It seems that Scotland is piloting an information-sharing project similar to the original vision of 'Every Child Matters':

Computer files are to be created for children in the Highlands in a pilot scheme designed to tighten Scotland's child protection system. Every newborn child in the region and about 500 Inverness schoolchildren will be logged during the trial.

From 3 September teachers, police and social workers will be able to access the files on the children, which will be kept "live" until they turn 16.

...Information such as whether a child is late for school or extreme behaviour changes could be entered into the database, which teachers and doctors could then investigate for potential abuse.


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