New database will put children at risk

Author: Daily Mail   |  

Security fears were raised today over a government database listing the personal details of every child in the country.

The names, dates of birth, GPs, schools and home addresses of all 11 million children in England have now been entered on the œ224 million ContactPoint system.

Ministers said parents had no right to withdraw their children from the online directory, which will be accessed by nearly 400,000 people and began operating today.

Parents condemned the system, warning that they did not trust the Government to keep sensitive information safe from paedophiles.

ContactPoint is intended to improve communication between health, social workers, teachers and the police as part of moves to prevent more tragic cases such as Baby P.

But the database has led to fears that it could be open to misuse and warnings that it will never be completely secure.

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