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Friday, December 09, 2005

Child index gets go ahead

Kable - Child index gets go ahead

Kable are reporting that the national database to help flag up cases of child abuse, allowing social services to share data across agency boundaries, has been given the go ahead.

The report says:
"The IS (Information Sharing) Index will serve as a secure central index, led in development by local authorities. Only authorised practitioners – such as social workers, teachers, doctors and Youth Offending Teams – will have access and it will only contain basic information on a child. It will identify which services a child is receiving and will provide a facility for staff to indicate if they have undertaken an assessment and if there is any information to share. "
I note there is no mention of linking these records to the electronic health record - although doctors are amongst those who will get access.

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