Not a good day for databases

Regular readers will remember that we blogged about the “not fit for purpose” Integrated Children’s System a few months ago.

More bad news for DCSF:

The government has been forced to re-examine the £60m Integrated Children’s System (ICS) following criticism by judges.

One of the aims of the standardised computer system for social workers was to reduce workload. But, in some cases, judges are refusing to accept information from the system, meaning social workers have to resubmit data to courts.

Judges say the ICS format does not give a full picture of a child’s case or assessment of risk and more detail is needed relating to the child’s case history, core assessment and care plan.

I expect the judges’ information is out of date or they’re just being horrid for the sake of it.


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