Here’s a headline that makes our last 5 years of hard slog feel more than worthwhile:
Conservatives would scrap controversial ContactPoint child database
A flagship database of every child living in England, which is due to be launched by the government next year, will be shutdown by a Conservative government.
I’ve just unearthed a briefing I wrote as a policy adviser to CRAE in 2003, when the plans for a giant database were first announced. It’s only available in archives now. The only response I received was a request from one of CRAE’s member orgs that a disclaimer was added to make it clear that the concerns it raised were not shared by all of the membership. The Guardian asked for an op-ed piece but I was forbidden to submit it. So I jumped ship and picked up the baton within ARCH.
Fortunately, I met the excellent Eileen Munro and we put on our first conference at LSE in April 2004: ‘Tracking Children’. A lot of people thought we were crazy and it was hard to get the media to take the problem seriously. We ploughed on.
Can you understand why I jumped up and down yelling like an idiot when I read that headline?