There has been quite a bit of media attention on the Childrens Index centralised database this week. Ian Brown has a roundup of the media coverage, ahead of the forthcoming report to the Information Commissioner.
We have been warning about this since the Children Act 2004 was first mooted - see
Big Nanny database ?
Surely the revelation in the Daily Telegraph that the children of the rich and famous will somehow be given preferential treatment under this scheme, is proof of the inherent corruption of the NuLabour regime.
Eithert the proposed database is secure for all 12 million children who will be forced onto it, or it is not. If it is not, then why should only the chilfdren of the rich and famous have their details hiden from the 400,000 or so people who will have access to this database ?
We suspect that this is all a bit of political spin, with policy being made up on the hoof, with no proper consultation, simply in response to media pressure, since there is no mention of a sepaarate category for the cjhildren of the rich and famous in the flawed eCAF Security Archtecture doument which was published in June, which is a fundamental part of the Childrens Index set of databases.