"THEY'RE COMING FOR YOUR KIDS
In the rush of announcements and over 40 written statements put out in the final days of the Parliamentary session, you may not have noticed that the government has given the final go-ahead for ContactPoint - the database formerly known as the Children's IS Index.
Each child will be given an ID number, and their record will contain details about their parents, doctor, health visitor, midwife and/or school nurse, school and/or college, services they have accessed - specifically flagging up vulnerable children who have accessed "sensitive services", e.g. to do with sexual or mental health - and a link to a new social services assessment, the eCAF*. Far from reducing risks to children, child protection specialists have expressed alarm that practitioners will be so overwhelmed with low-level data about all 11 million children in the country that those at risk of harm will in fact be less likely to be noticed.
Did you know that from 2008 the government will be monitoring YOUR child from birth? Plenty of questions remain unanswered: why put every child in the country on a database that less than half will ever need? Why spend all this money rather than investing in much-needed children's services? Why should a politician's children get greater protection than your son/daughter/nephew/granddaughter?
Tell your family and friends. Wake people up now. Write to your MP and your local paper's letters page. The ID scheme may be slipping, but the government's surveillance and data-sharing agenda is gathering pace. And first they're coming for your kids."
How to waste taxpayers money.
Heads of schools are responsible for updating this record EVERY TERM. Stuff can be added but it will be difficult for parents to access or change what has been written about them. It could say "Learning Difficulties" even though the parents are fighting for an Autism diagnosis, which is elusive due to poor funding. The record could say "Mother is a mouthy cow" and that would merely be a self righteous social worker's take on Mother's distress. Your neighbour could contact social services and say that you are a perv. It would go on your record and you would never know why all the teachers at school look at you funny....